GOA- The Goa Police apprehended a couple traveling from Goa to Bengaluru on Tuesday night for reportedly causing panic at Dabolim International Airport. Fellow passengers raised concerns after overhearing the duo discuss a ‘bomb in their luggage’ during a security check.
The individuals in question are identified as Atul Kumar Kewat (29) from Madhya Pradesh and Tritiya Jana (29), a native of Kolkata. Both software engineers and the couple had visited Goa for a vacation and were en route to Bengaluru.
Flight Faces Bomb Threat
As per police reports, the incident unfolded at 11:42 pm on Tuesday during the security check of an IndiGo flight from Goa to Bengaluru. While waiting in the queue, fellow passengers overheard the accused discussing a bomb in their luggage and promptly alerted a security officer.
According to a senior police officer, passengers reported the alleged bomb threat, prompting the airline’s security officer to inform CISF officials. Subsequently, an anti-sabotage sweep was conducted in the terminal area and the check-in baggage.
Following the security check, the threat was deemed ‘non-specific’ or a ‘hoax.’ Nevertheless, the incident caused panic among passengers, leading to the de-boarding of several individuals. The flight experienced significant delays and eventually took off later in the morning.
Legal Action Initiated
Following a complaint lodged by the airport manager of a private airline, Goa Police has officially registered a case against the accused duo under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code. This section pertains to making statements that may lead to public mischief.
Both passengers have received a notice to participate in the investigation and have been detained. During initial questioning, the couple asserted that their remarks were made in jest and were not intended to be serious.
The police officer stated that further investigation is currently underway.
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