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Hoax calls by youngsters give MP police a tough time

Hoax bomb calls by youngsters for fun are fast settling as a trend in Madhya Pradesh and keeping the police on their toes, but psychiatrists call it a mere attention seeking exercise by children.

bhopal Updated: Feb 07, 2016 19:31 IST
Kalyan Das
Hoax bomb calls by youngsters for fun are fast settling as a trend in Madhya Pradesh and keeping the police on their toes.
Hoax bomb calls by youngsters for fun are fast settling as a trend in Madhya Pradesh and keeping the police on their toes.

Hoax bomb calls by youngsters for fun are fast settling as a trend in Madhya Pradesh and keeping the police on their toes, but psychiatrists call it a mere attention seeking exercise by children.

On February 2, a caller dialed 100 and threatened to blow up the Itarsi railway station, which gave the government railway protection force (GRPF), railway protection force (RPF), bomb disposal squad (BDS) and the local police an adrenalin rush. Later, they found out that the call was made by a 14-year-old Class 8 student. He told the police that he made it to check out whether the ‘Dial 100’ service was working after he read the tagline, ‘Number lagao Police Bulao’.

This was not the first case in the state. On November 29, 2015, a Class 12 student, aged 20, was arrested by the police in connection with issuing a plane hijack threat through a phone to Air-India’s Thane centre. He even posed himself as an Islamic State operative. The anti-terrorist squad and the intelligence bureau went out sniffing the caller and found it too was a fun call by a youngster.

In another case, a student of Delhi Public School in Indore called up the school authorities and claimed to have planted a bomb which he alleged would go off anytime. Panic followed and the students were evacuated soon. Later, the police caught the student who told them that he had done so just to get the examination cancelled as he had not prepared thoroughly for it.

Superintendent of police (North) Arvind Saxena said such calls not only wasted police’s precious time and energy but also kept them off something serious. There is need for society to sensitise children against such acts.

He suggested that awareness seminars should be organised in schools in this respect considering the serious ramifications.

“In such cases, the police let off the children after counselling. But, families should counsel their children at home,” he said.

Psychiatrist Vaibhav Dubey said that the children made such calls just to seek attention of their friends and other people. “Most of the children do so out of curiosity and a lack of awareness. They are also induced by the feeling of doing something new and exciting just for fun or gain popularity among their peer group. The parents need to caution their children not to repeat such incidents in future,” Dubey said.

‘Number Lagao Police Bulao’

On February 2, a Class 8 student dialed 100 and threatened to blow up the Itarsi railway station. He told police that he made it to check out whether the ‘Dial 100’ was working after he read the tagline, ‘Number lagao Police Bulao’

On November 29, 2015, a Class 12 student, aged 20, was arrested in connection with issuing a plane hijack threat through a phone to Air-India’s Thane centre

A student of Delhi Public School in Indore called up the school authorities and claimed to have planted a bomb which he alleged would go off anytime

Police say such calls not only waste their time and energy but also keep them off something serious. There is need for society to sensitise children against such acts.