A Jaipur-based choreographer Mohit Kumar Tank alias Prashant Tak who was running late for his Mumbai-bound flight learned it the hard way on Tuesday. He made a hoax call to IndiGo’s call centre saying an explosive had been planted on its 5am Jaipur-Mumbai flight, reports Times of India.
Mohit Kumar Tank (25) was detained by the CISF on his arrival at Jaipur airport and handed over to the police, who arrested him under sections 505 (statements conducive to public mischief) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the IPC. Deputy commissioner of police (Jaipur east) Kuwar Rastradeep said that Tak has also been booked under Section 3(D) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982, which attracts a maximum punishment of life imprisonment, reports TOI.
IndiaScoops.com has learnt that Prashant Tak was arrested in 2016 by the Malwani Police Station in Mumbai under section 376 (rape), as well as sections pertaining to POSCO (Children’s Act) as well as PITA. He spent nearly 18 months in judicial custody before being released on bail. In the same case, actor Rajpal Yadav and another producer were also under the scanner but were not made party to the case as they only happened to be accidentally present at the venue where the alleged rape took place.
According to police, Tank, a frequent flyer to Mumbai, was to take the 5am flight to Mumbai. On realising he would not make it to the airport in time, he dialled the airline’s call centre and warned of a bomb. “He hoped it would lead to confusion and delay the flight. But the flight was already in the air,” an officer told TOI.
Mohit Kumar Tank, 24, an assistant choreographer with a dance reality show, made the call to Indigo’s call centre in Gurgaon claiming that a bomb has been planted on Indigo flight 6E218, CISF commandant at Jaipur International Airport Y P Singh said.
We traced the accused and handed over him to Sanganer police, the official said.
ACP East Ashok Chauhan said the accused has been detained, booked and further investigation into the incident was underway.
By the time Tank made the hoax bomb call, the flight was about to land in Mumbai. Upon landing, security agencies took about three hours to clear the aircraft for further schedule operations.
The airlines, in its statement, said that the Indi-Go call centre received a call at 5.30am on Tuesday morning from an unidentified person mentioning a bomb threat to 6E 218 operating a Jaipur-Mumbai flight.
“We immediately reported the matter to the bomb threat assessment committee (BTAC) and followed the security protocol. The concerned authorities carried out the investigation and declared the call a ‘specific bomb threat’,” the statement read, adding that following the clearance by the authorities, operations were resumed as normal.