Following a hoax call from two drunk men reporting the presence of bombs in several parts of the city, Mumbai police were kept busy on Friday night.
The drunken guys, who claimed that they were testing the alertness of the police forces, had called to notify Mumbai police that they knew of the presence of bombs at Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s home, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), and the Byculla and Dadar railway stations.
According to sources, police teams from Juhu, MRA Marg, Dadar, and Byculla searched the affected areas but discovered nothing. The officers then attempted to contact the caller but were unable to do so since the phone had been turned off.
“Later, we called back the caller but we were told that he was very busy and should not be disturbed. Eventually, he switched off the phone,” said a senior police officer.
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Quick action of the police force after receiving the call
As per a report in Hindustan Times, The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the Dog Squad were dispatched by the Mumbai Police to examine the places named by the caller for the existence of explosive items.
The arrest of the culprits
The two men admitted to making the prank call after being apprehended in the city’s Kalyan Shilphata district.
“Both of them are drivers. Raju Kangare, 32, and Ramesh Shirsath, 28, are residents of Dombivli,” said a senior crime branch official.
According to reports, the duo was inebriated at the time when one of them decided to make the call for a laugh.
The two defendants were enjoying ‘Gatari,’ the first day of Shravan month. People celebrate this day by eating non-vegetarian food and drinking wine before beginning a month of fasting.
This wasn’t the first prank call
This isn’t the first time citizens have squandered security personnel’s time. A farmer from Nagpur district had previously been caught by Mumbai Police for making a hoax call stating that a bomb had been installed in the city’s Mantralaya structure.
Under section 182, 505(1)(b) and 506 of the Indian Panel Court, at the Marine Drive police station, a report was filed.
According to a Nagpur rural police official, the caller, who turned out to be a farmer, made the call to raise authorities’ attention to his repeated appeals for recompense for his purchased land.
He said that he had been concerned for a long time about the compensation for the acquired land.