Mumbai, Oct. 3: A Calcutta teenager has been booked by Mumbai police on the charge of making a hoax call to the Jet Airways call centre in Malad on September 28.
The 14-year-old 24-Parganas resident was last night brought from Calcutta and handed over to the Bangur Nagar police station in Malad where airline officials had lodged a complaint. His parents accompanied him.
According to the complaint by Jet security officer Vinayak Kadam, a person claiming to be inspector Abhishek from Calcutta had warned the airline’s call centre that a bomb had been placed inside a London-Mumbai-Delhi flight.
A thorough check by airline staff concluded the call was a hoax.
Considering the sensitivity of the matter, the case was handed over to the crime branch. Initial investigations traced the call to Calcutta.
Based on specific information, a police team travelled to Kamarpol village in Sarisha, Diamond Harbour, and picked the teenager up.
Officers claimed that during interrogation, the boy had said he had made similar calls earlier too, about half a dozen times. “He said he wanted to create panic at the airport.”
An officer said the boy had been booked under various penal code sections and the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982, and the IT act. But when the charges were framed, the cops didn’t know he was a minor, sources said.
The boy was produced before the juvenile justice court today and sent to a remand home. Sources said the boy’s age would be considered while sentencing him (if he is convicted).