A security alert was sounded at the city’s domestic airport on Thursday after a 54-year-old man, who claimed to be Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani’ son, abandoned his silver BMW at the petrol pump on the premises.
After parking the BMW at the petrol pump, Andheri resident Ishwar Advani, who has been booked in the past for dropping names, ran to catch his flight to Delhi.
On searching the luxury car, which had a Press sticker, the Santacruz airport police found a toy pistol and a fake police uniform.
The police have booked Advani, who is still on the run, for impersonation. “We will arrest him after he returns to Mumbai,” said Brijesh Singh, deputy commissioner of police (Zone VIII).
“At 9.45 am, Advani approached the petrol pump manager, Ranjit Singh, and told him to move his car to make space for his BMW. Advani claimed he was LK Advani’s son and said was getting late for his flight to Delhi,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.
The petrol pump is reportedly owned by the Sahara group.
After parking the BMW at the petrol pump, Advani fled to catch his flight.
“Soon angry taxi and autorickshaw drivers demanded that the BMW be moved as it was blocking the way for vehicles at the petrol pump,” the officer added.
When Advani did not return for a long time, Singh finally informed the Santacruz airport police, who brought along the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad.
“After the car was thoroughly searched, a toy pistol, a police uniform was found in the BMW, which had a ‘Press’ sticker,” said a senior police officer.
Investigation revealed that there have been past cases against the accused, who is notorious for dropping names. “At times Advani would say that he was a relative of LK Advani, on other occasions he claimed that he was the future prime minister,” said an officer.
The Versova police had also arrested Advani for allegedly molesting a maid in the lift of his residential apartment at Lokhandwala in Andheri West.
“Around two years ago, residents of his building had complained about him chanting prayers loudly at night and creating nuisance in the colony,” added another officer.