The Himachal Pradesh police have detained an army personnel’s 14-year-old son, who is a Class-9 student of the Army School at Mamoon in Pathankot, for a terror hoax message sent through the mobile application WhatsApp. The message warned of an attack on Holi festival that falls on March 24.
It was at the Mamoon cantonment that terrorists had struck an airbase two months ago and killed three men of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Police acted on a complaint by a medical firm’s sales representative, Gaurav Sharma, who reported at the Nalagarh police station that he had received several WhatsApp messages from an overseas number warning of a terror attack. The technical cell for the southern range police at Shimla traced it to the boy (not being named as he is a minor), a native of Nurpur in HP’s Kangra district, informed inspector general of police (IGP) Zahur H Zaidi.
The boy used an app to generate a fictitious Philippines-based WhatsApp ID, which he used for the prank, he added. Though he had deleted the messages, cops used the phone backup to fish them out. The boy also revealed that he had sent these messages to a woman too.
“The boy and his parents’ statements are being recorded at the police station in Nalagarh. The parents have been strictly warned about the conduct of their son,” said the IGP, adding, “We urge the public, especially the youth, to refrain from such activities, or else they will face the strictest possible action.”
What was in the messages?
“Slaam Rashid Miya, Ab apki baari h... Hamhari puri foz himachal se take over krke v haaaa phuch jayegi... Hmahara plan holi k din h... Maine toh hathyar phucha diyeee h... RDX phuch gyaaa kya... Khuda haffis... Bhaijaan... Bas aap RDX phucha dena... Bhaijaan.” Basically translated, the messages asked for RDX and said that men and guns had already reached from Himachal for the Holi “plan”.