Bomb threat at Mumbai airport turns out to be hoax
Security was stepped up on Sunday at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj international airport after authorities received an anonymous bomb threat on call. The call was later determined as a hoax.
Mumbai Police said that the caller said that there was a bomb in a blue bag. However, nothing was found during the investigation.
"A hoax call was made to Mumbai International Airport saying there was a bomb in a blue bag at the airport, Mumbai police officer and bomb squad team reached the airport and investigation was done, nothing was found during the probe. Currently, Police are searching for the caller," Mumbai Police said, per news agency ANI.
Mumbai crime branch and police are now trying to trace the caller. No case has been registered so far. Police sources, according to the Indian Express, said that the call was received at around 6 PM on Saturday. Officials on the T2 terminal, which has both domestic and international flights, were informed immediately. The local Sahar police were also informed and officials from the anti-terrorism cell also visited the airport.
The city of Mumbai is celebrating the Ganpati festival. More than 80,000 idols were immersed between Saturday, which was the fifth day of festivities, and the early hours of Sunday in Mumbai, a civic official said.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its press release said that 80,969 idols were immersed till 3 AM on Sunday. They comprised 1,410 'sarvajanik' or public idols, 71,821 household ones and 7,738 Gauri Ganesh idols. The immersions took place in Girgaum, Dadar, Juhu, Marve and Aksa beaches and 73 natural spots as well as 191 artificial ponds created by the civic body.