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Bomb hoax at Modi rally: DU student who made call was angry over demonetisation

A Delhi University student was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call about a bomb being planted at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Mau, Uttar Pradesh. The student was unhappy over the demonetisation move and wants the BJP to lose the assembly polls in UP

delhi Updated: Mar 02, 2017 10:24 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Demonetisation,Delhi University,PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed at an election rally at Mau in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. PTI (PTI)

A Delhi University student allegedly made a hoax bomb-alert call to disrupt a rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was angry over the demonetisation exercise and wants the BJP to lose the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, police have said.

The 21-year-old student was arrested on Monday, hours after he called the Delhi Police control room and said a bomb would go off during the Prime Minister’s rally in Mau. Then rally was held without any incident. He was identified by first name Deepak.

The sixth phase of the assembly polls will be held on March 4. BJP president Amit Shah said during campaigning that the part was ready to accept the poll outcome as the people’s verdict on demonetisation.

“Deepak was angry with the functioning of the Narendra Modi government. The demonetisation (exercise) had left him even more agitated,” said a senior police officer.

The Modi government had banned Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 banknotes in a shock announcement on November 8, leading to an unprecedented cash crisis across the country.

Though the government has defended the move as a surgical strike on black money and counterfeiting, critics say it caused hardships to the people, especially in the rural areas.

Police quoted Deepak as saying he had hoped that the call would lead to cancellation of Modi’s rally which in turn would help in BJP losing the polls.

Police have also seized from him a diary containing a “lot of allegations” Modi, his government and the ruling BJP.

Deepak is being questioned by multiple agencies.

A native of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Deepak is pursuing his BA from the School of Open Learning, said Vijayanta Arya, additional DCP (North-West).

He allegedly made the hoax call using a SIM card discarded by his aunt a few days ago. He immediately switched off his phone after the call.

A team of the Delhi Police procured the address of the SIM card owner who turned out to be a woman living in Adarsh Nagar. When she told police that she had thrown away the SIM card, police used technical surveillance to trace the accused to Bhalswa Dairy in Outer Delhi.

First Published: Feb 28, 2017 10:29 IST