A 42-year-old trader was arrested for making a hoax call, claiming that a bomb had been planted in a Delhi Metro coach in east Delhi on Sunday night, police said on Monday.
Though the call did trigger a security alert, police said, it was declared a hoax after a thorough check for explosive substances at the Shastri Park Metro station and the subsequent arrest of Pawan Mittal, a sanitary ware trader, who was nabbed from the Delhi-UP Apsara border on Monday afternoon.
"We moved-in on Mittal after cornering him thanks to technical surveillance. After he was arrested, Mittal said he had made a call to derive pleasure by troubling the Metro staff," said Sanjay Kumar Jain, DCP (northeast).
The staff at the Shastri Park Metro station had received a call claiming bomb in a Metro coach plying between Shahdara and Kashmere Gate Metro stations at around 12.15 am.
"In addition to the anti-sabotage checks at the Shahdra Metro station, a thorough search of all Metro coaches was taken up by authorities, however, no bomb was found and the call was declared hoax," DCP Jain said.