Indigo bomb threat: Man upset with airline makes hoax call

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According to a tweet by ANI, few Mumbai bound flights from IGI Airport were physically checked.

The accused, identified as Kartik Madhav Bhat, wanted to teach a lesson to the airlines since he had been warned about his poor performance, they added.

Upset by a warning about his work from seniors, an employee of the IndiGo airlines allegedly put airport operations on hold for hours with a hoax call about a bomb, the police said.

IndiGo airline has been facing flak for incidents like manhandling a passenger and security breach where a passenger was made to board a wrong flight. So, company officials had issued a verbal termination notice, asking him to improve his performance in three months. As per details available, the call was made by an IndiGo staffer at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. After tracing the number, the police apprehended Bhat, who during the course of the investigation, confessed his involvement in the case. Bhat was finally located in Pune. "During interrogation, the accused initially misled us saying the phone was stolen a few days ago and there was a possibility of some other person having used it for making the bomb threat call".

The police said Bhat had grown frustrated over his job as a customer service officer at IndiGo Airlines.

"When a police team searched his house, his mobile phone and SIM card were found", the DCP said.