A YOUTH who made a hoax call to the IG office this afternoon, warning that a bomb had been planted at Man Mandir cinema hall, has been caught by the police. He has been identified as Vikas (18) son of Prem Gaur, resident of Bhoi Mohalla. He is an educated youth and son of chief cashier who works in the Dena Bank.
It appears that he made the hoax call to ensure that his sister’s boyfriend Sharad got into trouble, as he did not approve of Sharad. To land Sharad into trouble, he made the phone call from Sharad’s mobile and he identified himself as Sharad while making the call to the IG office.
He made the call at around 2.30 pm, forcing the police into action. The bomb disposal squad was pressed into service and the entire cinema hall was cleared. However, no bomb was found.
The police checked the number from which the call had been made to the IG office, and they found that it had been made from a mobile phone registered in the name of Sharad of 27, Bhoi Mohalla. Police picked him up for questioning and he told the police that he had given his mobile to his girlfriend around 14 days ago.
He also indicated that his girlfriend had told him that the phone was now with her brother Vikas. Police then picked up Vikas who admitted that he had made the call. He told police that he did not approve of Sharad as the latter’s family had a criminal background.
There are around five cases of bootlegging against Sharad’s father and other family members. What is more, Sharad used to drop into their house when ever he wanted, which Vikas did not like. So he planned to teach Sharad a lesson, but the plan backfired. He has been arrested and booked under Sections 507, 182 and 181 of IPC.