Indigo bomb threat: Man upset with airline makes hoax call

Grant Boone
May 14, 2018

IndiGo is facing the heat yet again. The 23-year-old accused, Kartik Madhav Bhat made a call from the unidentified number on May 2 at Indigo Airlines Office regarding the presence of a bomb in Mumbai-bound flight.

An IndiGo employee, working at its customer care desk in Pune airport, was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly making a hoax bomb call, which affected its Delhi-Mumbai flight schedule on May 2.

Earlier on May 3, a similar incident was reported when a hoax call about a bomb on a Mumbai-bound flight sent the security personnel at the Delhi airport into a tizzy. Only after thorough checking of the planes was the call declared hoax.

During investigation, the police team zeroed in on the subscriber of the mobile phone from which the call was made.

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"He was depressed and made the call out of frustration and to teach a lesson to the airlines".

Bhat, the only son of an executive engineer-rank officer, had passed intermediate and got a diploma in hospitality and aviation in 2013.

Thereafter he started his job in Aviation Sector and was presently serving in Indigo Airlines as "Customer Service Officer" at Pune Airport. The SIM card used for making the call was recovered from Bhat. Multiple security agencies were alerted and they carried out checks on all Mumbaibased flights, including of IndiGo airline, on that day.

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