One held for making hoax call to blow up Red Fort
A hotel manager was detained by police after he made a hoax call by randomly dialling numbers alleging he had planted bombs inside the Red Fort and a hotel in Connaught Place on Saturday.
During interrogation, the accused, identified as Mehfuz, told police that he was just having "some fun" and did not think that the issue would blow out of proportion, police said.
The police have apprehended the accused and will decide whether a case should be made against him.
The incident came to light when the complainant Nitin Kumar received the hoax bomb call and immediately reported the matter to the police on Saturday.
According to police, Kumar told them that he was in his digital marketing class when he got a call around 7 pm.
The caller had told him that he was from Pakistan and had planted bombs inside the Red Fort premises and another inside a hotel in Connaught Place.
"The caller tried to keep up the conversation and kept telling Kumar that he was from Pakistan. Kumar noticed that the call was made from a Delhi-based number and later informed the police," said a police official.
Kumar, later recorded his statement at Prashant Vihar Police Station and the caller's number was soon traced by the police.
Mehfuz, a resident of Bihar, told police that he had been working as a manager for the past few days at a hotel in Paharganj and was just having some fun.
"He had called up many numbers. Kumar was the only person who picked the call and then he made the hoax threats," the officer added.
Hoax callers threatening to blow up important landmarks has been a recurring feature around days of importance.
Delhi Police often receives many hoax calls in the run up to Republic Day and Independence Day from pranksters who eventually get arrested.
In February this year, a 21-year-old man was arrested from Delhi's Azadpur area for allegedly making hoax calls to bomb Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Mau, Uttar Pradesh.
The accused, been identified as an ITI graduate from C V Raman Institute at Dheerpur, had made the call directly to the Delhi Police headquarters, claiming that he had planted bombs at the rally.