Fearing missing flight for their engagement, couple make bomb hoax call to airport

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-02-09 16:21 Bengaluru: A prank played out by a couple who could not make it to their engagement on time has now landed them in police custody.The Bengaluru International Airport police have arrested Neha Gopinathan and Arjun – both residents of BTM Layout and native of Kerala – for making a bomb threat call to Kempegowda International Airport, which eventually turned out to be a hoax delaying Cochin-bound Air Asia for over six hours.pollaroid-93According to the police, the duo had booked Air Asia to reach Cochin for their engagement on Thursday. On Wednesday, they booked a cab to reach airport very late. When it did not turn up on time, they booked another one. It was already too late. Knowing that they would not be able to make it on time, the tensed couple kept checking with the airport authorities about the fligt’s departure.They even called up their relatives in Cochin, who ‘assured’ them of help.Police said that one of their relatives called to the airport from a public telephone booth in Cochin around 8.31 pm on Wednesday and threatened that there were explosives in the Air Asia flight. The flight was about to take-off by 8.45 pm and it was soon cancelled. The explosive detection and disposal squad rushed to the scene and verified the flight and luggage and baggage of all the passengers till 1.30  am on Friday before confirming that it was a hoax.The preliminary investigation revealed that the duo were prime suspects as all other 180 passengers boarded the flight in time. The duo had enquired with the authority about other options if they could get late and miss their flight.The flight took off around 3.30 am on Thursday.N Shivakumara, the jurisdictional Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) said the accsused work as instructors in a private teaching academy at BTM Layout.A police team will be dispatched to Kerala if the couple fail to reveal who exactly made hoax call to help them. A case has been registered and further probe is underway.