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Affair stink in hoax call

The man who had threatened to blow up a Metro station last Saturday had made the hoax call to “teach” a woman a lesson, police said after arresting the accused on Sunday evening in Esplanade.

“Palash Purakayastha had made the call using the SIM card issued to the woman with whom he had an affair. Palash, a driver, wanted to take revenge after they broke up,” said an officer at Shakespeare Sarani police station.

Police came to know about the spurned lover’s act while pursuing the hoax call complaint. Around 12.30pm on Saturday, Palash made a call to the security control room at Metro Bhavan on JL Nehru Road and threatened to blow up a Metro station.

The call triggered a security alert, sending Metro police and their canine unit scouring for explosives on rakes at the terminal stations.

“We collected the name and address of the person who was issued the SIM card. We found it was a woman who resides in Baruipur, South 24-Parganas,” said a police officer. “A police team traced the woman’s house in Baruipur.”

During interrogation, the woman said she has not used the cell phone for the past several months. “She told us that she had given the SIM card to Palash, with whom she had an affair. The woman also confirmed that she was not in touch with the man over the past two months after their relationship collapsed.”

Palash is from East Midnapore and works as a driver in the city.

“We came to know that Palash was staying somewhere in Ramnagar, South 24-Parganas,” said the officer at Shakespeare Sarani police station. “We collected the call lists of the SIM card that was being used by the suspect. We sorted out a list of persons with whom Palash was in regular contact. We contacted them and set a trap.”

Palash fell into the net around 8pm on Sunday in Esplanade. “We used one of his friends as a decoy. He had asked him to meet him near Esplanade Metro station. Our men in plainclothes surrounded Palash as soon as he turned up,” the officer said.

He confessed during questioning that he had made the threat call with an intention to put the woman in trouble and teach her a lesson. “He thought we would arrest the woman because the SIM card had been issued to her, ” said the officer.