Just before the departure of an Ahmedabad-Udaipur flight, the Ahmedabad Airport, on Tuesday, received a phone call informing about a bomb threat. The caller allegedly claimed that there was a bomb on the Air Alliance flight CD- 696.
Originally set to depart at 4:50 pm, the flight was first delayed by nearly two hours owing to an operational lapse. When boarding was finally announced around 6:15 pm, passenger Vinit Naudiyal could not be found. “He had gone to the lounge to get a meal. When we called the registered number, someone answered the call saying ‘Why would I want to be on a flight that has a bomb?’” shared top official sources.
Thereon, the airport authorities, CISF personnel and the police undertook a thorough combing operation of the airport and the flight in particular. Confirming the same, DC, Zone 5, Baldev Desai shared: “The call was traced and the person who made light of the situation is now in custody. We have filed a complaint under Sections 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) alongwith charges under the Anti-Hijacking Act 2016 against one Bhupendra Singh.”
Incidentally, Naudiyal’s ticket was booked by his Punjab-based company, which in turn, had registered the number of the office’s administration department. Singh, who received the call, is an employee of the department.
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