Unit VIII of Mumbai police's crime branch arrested a 19-year-old man for making hoax calls to the police control room threatening to hijack and blow up a Jet Airways' aircraft if the 26/11 terror attacks accused Ajmal Kasab was not released. These calls were made four times between January 2011 and January 2013.
The police stated that the accused, Vikas Yadav, posing as 'Kasab', would use various mobile phones and SIM cards and would switch-off the phone after making the call. Yadav was arrested from Vapi in Gujarat on Friday and has been remanded to police custody.
The airport police and Sakinaka police had registered a case after hoax calls were received from unknown numbers last year. The police added that Yadav, a native of Bihar, was responsible for the calls and recovered six mobile phones and five SIM cards from him.
Mangesh Pote, deputy commissioner of police (detection) said, "It was very difficult to trace Yadav's whereabouts as he would stop using the mobile phone and respective SIM card after making the call. We sent a team each to Bihar and Gujarat and managed to nab him from Vapi."
The police produced him in a local court and have secured his custody till January 27.
The police also added that Yadav did not work and was Class 5 dropout. To ensure whether Yadav was mentally unstable, they would conduct medical tests on him.
The police have booked him under sections of Civil Aviation Act, Information Technology Act and Indian Penal Code.