Former airport employee busted for making a hoax bomb threat at Bengaluru Airport

Panic prevailed at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru early Friday, May 20 after an anonymous caller rang the Bengaluru city police helpline (112) around 3:50 AM and informed that a bag carrying explosives had been placed on the airport premises.

The man suspected to be drunk at the time of making the call gave out a name and also hurled expletives at cops.

Soon after the threat call came, police alerted Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at KIA, who carried out a thorough search of the airport premises for over an hour and established the bomb threat to be a hoax. Following this, airport police carried out a probe to track down the caller.

Former airline employee busted for making a hoax bomb threat at Bengaluru Airport

Later it turned out that the caller, Subhashish Gupta, who worked as a cargo staffer at the airport, falsely informed police about the explosives in an attempt to avenge his brother-in-law, who recently divorced his sister, said police.

Police sources said the call made from a cellphone was tracked to Gupta, who was staying in a paying guest accommodation on Lalbagh Road.

Investigators nabbed him from his residence, questioned him and he spilled the beans. Gupta, 32, told police he made the hoax call in the guise of his former brother-in-law hoping that police would nab him.

Subhashish Gupta worked as a cargo staffer of an airline at the airport

But Gupta who was in an inebriated state used his own cellphone to make the call and that was a clear giveaway, said sources. He has been arrested on charges of creating panic among the public.

Investigation revealed Gupta worked as a cargo staffer with an airline, the name of which could not be verified. His service was terminated three months ago after he allegedly reported to work in a drunken state. Gupta was produced before a magistrate and remanded in judicial custody.