Going by what the caller told the police, another terror attack was imminent: men with automatic weapons were coolly walking on Churchgate station.
But the caller, a very drunk Mahesh Pawar (32), had imagined all that and more, the police said.
Pawar, reportedly working as a security guard and son of a retired constable, told the police control room that he had seen four men with automatic weapons on Churchgate station on Monday night. And one of the men pulled a revolver from his bag, which contained magazines of automatic weapons, and threatened him against raising an alarm, Pawar helpfully added.
The police got into action. While the railway police checked on the claims, a team from the Malabar Hill police went to meet Pawar at Charni Road where he had claimed to be working as a night security guard at a bungalow on Dungarshi Road, Malabar Hill.
“When we met Pawar, we discovered he was absolutely drunk and rambling. He told us that he stayed at Naigaon police quarters,” said Senior Inspector Iqbal Shaikh from the Malabar Hill police.
Bhoiwada policemen discovered from Pawar’s neighbours at the Naigaon police quarters that he was reportedly an alcoholic. Shaikh said as the case dealt with railway security, it had been transferred to the Churchgate railway protection force.
“Pawar was handed over to us and after an inquiry we have found that it was a hoax played by Pawar,” said Churchgate Government Railway Police Senior Police Inspector M.D. Raskar. “We charged him for mischief and providing false information to the police, and produced him in court from where he was later released on bail.”