On Thursday, a 34-year-old man from Gujarat was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call on Tuesday threatening to blow up Dhirubhai Ambani International School with a time bomb.
According to the BKC police, the accused, Vikram Singh Jhala, is a driver who lives in Morbi, Gujarat, with his family. He was taken from his home late on Wednesday, brought to Mumbai, and arrested early on Thursday.
Jhala had revealed his identity and location to school officials on Tuesday, when he made those two hoax calls. The police arrested Jhala after determining that he was the source of the hoax call.
Jhala called the school’s landline at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, and the call was forwarded to the administration head’s mobile phone. He claimed that he had planted a time bomb at the school during this phone call.
Later, he dialled the school’s security cabin again, and this call was patched to a security officer inside the building. This time, Jhala gave his name and location and stated that the purpose of the hoax call was for him to gain fame.
“Jhala had identified himself during the second call and we had his number and location. However, we needed to verify this information — whether it was an attempt to implicate someone else out of enmity.
An officer with the BKC police said that “A team left for Gujarat, while another team in Mumbai stayed in touch with them to provide technical support in real time.”
The officer added that based on cellular location mapping and registration details of the number used to make the bomb hoax call, the team in Gujarat confirmed that Jhala was indeed the culprit. In coordination with the local police, he was picked and after preliminary questioning, which confirmed his involvement, the team left with him for Mumbai. The police said that so far there has been no indication that Jhala is suffering from any mental health issue.
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