Man behind Jet Airways bomb hoax tweet surrenders in Jaipur
The man whose Twitter handle was found to be behind the bomb hoax on a Dubai-bound Jet Airways flight surrendered before the Jaipur police on Friday.Updated: Jul 10, 2015 20:00 IST
The man whose Twitter handle was found to be behind the bomb hoax on a Dubai-bound Jet Airways flight surrendered before the Jaipur police on Friday.
26-year old Surendra Pratap Singh was detained at the Bagru station in Jaipur after police verified his phone and Twitter account details.
"We will hand him over to the Mumbai Police since an FIR in the case is registered there," Alok Vashishtha, additional commissioner of police (crime), Jaipur said.
On Thursday, Singh tweeted that a bomb was spotted on Jet Airways 9W 536 from Mumbai to Dubai, forcing air traffic control to divert the plane to Oman's capital Muscat.
The 61 passengers and crew were offloaded and the aircraft was searched for several hours before security agencies concluded that it was a hoax tweet.
Singh who works with Krishna Constructions in the Bagru industrial area told police he was not aware of the repercussions of the act, reports said.
Singh, who is originally from Uttar Pradesh, worked in Ludhiana for a brief while before shifting to Jaipur recently, PTI quoted police in Punjab as saying.
He surrendered before the Jaipur Police on the instructions of the Ludhiana police which got in touch with him last night.
Preliminary investigations suggested that Singh does not have a criminal background, police said.
The account was opened less than a week ago. He had posted only four tweets prior to this, one of which said "I am responsible for Vyapam scam".
After police started looking for the person behind the hoax tweet, Singh deleted his account.