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‘For fun’ hoax calls a big headache for cops in Uttar Pradesh

A hoax call to the police control room about a bomb planted inside the Vidhan Bhawan brought Lucknow cops on their toes on the afternoon of October 1.

lucknow Updated: Oct 04, 2017 14:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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An act of fun resulted in police launching an extensive search exercise on the Vidhan Bhawan premises in Lucknow.(Representative image)

A hoax call to the police control room about a bomb planted inside the Vidhan Bhawan brought Lucknow cops on their toes on the afternoon of October 1. But the caller, 28-year-old Nar Singh who had come home for three days of leave, said he was only trying to have some fun.

Singh’s act of fun resulted in police launching an extensive search exercise on the Vidhan Bhawan premises.

Attempts to contact the caller also proved futile as his phone was switched off. Finally, after nothing was found, the call was declared a hoax.

On Thursday, Singh was arrested from Shahjahanpur. The agricultural labourer working in Punjab said he was only trying to kill boredom while at home.

“It was surprising when Singh revealed he made the call just for fun,” said sub-inspector Rahul Sonker of Hazratganj police station. “The man is illiterate and never believed he would be caught.”

Sonker said the call put the entire police force on alert. “A bomb disposal squad and an anti-sabotage team were immediately sent to sanitise the Vidhan Bhawan. We combed the place for around two hours but nothing suspicious was found. Moreover, the caller’s phone was found switched off.”

He said sub-inspector Subash Singh then lodged an FIR under section 507 of the Indian Penal Code (for criminal intimidation through phone) and a probe was initiated. “The caller was tracked using electronic surveillance.”

To recall, this is the second such call received by the police control room in the past two months. On August 19, Ram Ranjit, a 51-year-old plumber from Ambedkar-nagar, had made a similar call, talking about a bomb being planted at the Vidhan Bhawan. He was subsequently arrested from Chinhat and the probe revealed that he had called up the police in an inebriated state.

Police officials said these “for fun” hoax calls were becoming a matter of worry for them.

First Published: Oct 04, 2017 14:04 IST