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Tipsy man sends police in tizzy in four states over hoax bomb threat

He called the police control room in Bengaluru on Friday night and said 19 terrorists were holed up in a town in Tamil Nadu and were set to bomb cities, trains and buses in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2019 18:44 IST
Press Trust of India
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A ‘tippler’ sent police of at least four southern states, including Karnataka, into tizzy by making a hoax call threatening bomb blast, officials said.(Photo by Parveen Kumar /Hindustan Times)

A ‘tippler’ sent police of at least four southern states, including Karnataka, into tizzy by making a hoax call threatening bomb blast, officials said.

The man, Sundar Murthy in his 60s, was arrested Saturday for allegedly raising the false alarm, police said.

He called the police control room in Bengaluru on Friday night and said 19 terrorists were holed up in a town in Tamil Nadu and were set to bomb cities, trains and buses in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Following the call, police swung into action.

The city police managed to trace the person, who made the call, to Avalahalli near here.

Interrogation revealed that he made the call allegedly in an inebriated state.

“During interrogation, he told us that he gets possessed by some divine souls who make prophecies in his vision and his call was based on one such vision,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar.

The fact is he is a drunkard, said the police official.

Murthy told police that he was an ex-serviceman, who is now driving a tipper-lorry.

His two sons are serving in the army while he was staying with his third son at Avalahalli.

A threat call to bomb the Pamban sea bridge in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram was also received on Friday, prompting police to carry out extensive searches.

Recently, Bengaluru Police commissioner T Suneel Kumarhad convened a meeting with heads of various temples and religious places and managers of commercial establishments to take extra precautions and alert police on finding something suspicious.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 18:16 IST