Police have identified and nabbed the man who had threatened to blow up Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad recently.
A casual labourer working in Gujarat, the 29-year-old vlogger hailing from Madhya Pradesh thought of adding fuel to the already hot topic – the India-Pakistan World Cup match – and gain some traction in social media to become famous.
Identified as Karan Mavi, the man on September 9 allegedly emailed the Board of Control for Cricket in India on its official ID, claiming that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera would witness a blast on October 14, the day of the India-Pakistan match, police said.
The email read, “Everyone, remain alert on October 14, 2023. Remember this, everyone’s soul will tremble.” The idea behind the explosive email was to shoot to fame instantly, police said.
During questioning, Mavi told police he had used his own ID to send the email to leave a clear digital footprint. He said he wanted cops to trace the email, hoping his arrest in connection with the most talked about match of the World Cup would boost his fanbase.
Crime branch inspector JH Sindhav and PSI MD Makwana traced the email to Mavi and nabbed him from Kherdi village near Rajkot. An officer said his purpose has been fulfilled in a way.
Crime branch officials said Mavi has a criminal history. He earlier served a two-year term in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences case. In the run-up to the match, police have been busy with security arrangements. More than 11,000 personnel from the police, NSG, RAF and Home Guard will be deployed in the city and at the stadium on match day.