With an average of six hoax calls per day, he sent the Delhi Police on a wild goose hunt on a daily basis.
The West Delhi Police have finally managed to nab Ashok Rahi, who made as many as 450 hoax calls of different kinds in the last two-and-a-half months, from Om Vihar in Uttam Nagar in West Delhi.
Rahi claimed he was drunk every time he made a hoax call, police said.
It allegedly just took four pegs of alcohol for Rahi, who sings at religious functions (Mata Ki Chowkis) in the city, to become a hoax caller.
The phone connection
According to police, Rahi bought a cellphone connection using fake identification papers some time back. "He thought that as he had taken a connection using fake papers he would not be caught and started making hoax calls. He made around 450 calls which caused a lot of problems for the police," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sharad Aggarwal.
He added that he always made calls to the police after he was in an inebriated state.
From a burglary to a terror invasion
"He started off with making calls of house thefts. Then he graduated to making calls about bomb threats and even terrorists attacking the city,” a police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
The police said Rahi would never switch off his phone and would even pick the calls police made to confirm the details of the incident.
The police arrested him after mounting a technical surveillance to pin point his exact location.