An employee of IndiGo Airlines has been arrested for making a bomb hoax call in a Mumbai-bound flight earlier this month, the Delhi Police said on Sunday.
The call about the bomb threat in the Mumbai-bound flight, which was set to depart from the Delhi airport, was received at 8.15 am on May 2 at the office of IndiGo Airlines.
Following the hoax bomb call, a few Mumbai bound flights were also physically checked. As per details available, the call was made by an IndiGo staffer at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Only after thorough checking of the planes was the call declared hoax. Multiple security agencies were alerted and they carried out checks on all Mumbaibased flights, including of IndiGo airline, on that day.
The police then registered an FIR and launched an investigation.
"The accused, Kartik Madhav Bhat (23), who was a "Customer Service Officer" with IndiGo airlines, was caught after investigators traced the call he had made to Pune". Bhat was finally located in Pune.
Bhat disclosed that his job performance was not up to the mark and he had been given verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face the departmental action.
On Friday (May 11), a 30-year-old man was arrested for making a hoax call about a bomb planted at the US Consulate in Chennai.
He later started working in the aviation sector and was now employed with the IndiGo Airlines as Customer Service Officer at the Pune airport.
"When a police team searched his house, his mobile phone and SIM card were found", the DCP said.