Air Passenger Detained for Alleged Bomb Threat at Goa’s Manohar International Airport

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Air Passenger Detained for Alleged Bomb Threat at Goa’s Manohar International Airport

| Updated: January 30, 2024 18:35

Goa Police detained an air passenger on Monday for allegedly causing panic at the Manohar International Airport in Mopa. The passenger, identified as Vimal Prajapati, 38, from Ahmedabad city, claimed during security checks that he was carrying a bomb, according to police.

Officials declared the threat as ‘non-specific’ or a ‘hoax’ after conducting a thorough security check. The security manager of a private airline lodged a police complaint, stating that Prajapati made the bomb claim at 6.19 am during the check-in for the SpiceJet flight SG512 from Goa to Ahmedabad.

When questioned by the check-in counter staff about any restricted items in his baggage, Prajapati reiterated his bomb claim. The passenger, who was travelling in a group of four, was subsequently detained for questioning.

Following the incident, CISF officials and the Bomb Detection Disposal Squad (BDDS) cordoned off the area and conducted an anti-sabotage check. All passenger baggage was screened, and no suspicious items were found. The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) declared the threat as ‘non-specific’.

The Mopa airport police station has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Prajapati under sections 505 (1) (A) (B) (statements conducing public mischief) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

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