Depressed with IndiGo, employee makes hoax bomb call; gets arrested

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Faced with the prospect of getting the axe from his employers, 23-year-old Kartik Madhav Bhat responded with a bomb - or at least an explosive phone call about one. When Kartik Madhav Bhat was rebuked and given a warning for his poor performance at India's IndiGo airlines, he decided to make a hoax phone call to New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport's (IGI) IndiGo Airlines complex claiming the presence of a bomb on a Mumbai-bound plane, on May 2. Speaking to media, a police official said, "He was depressed and made the call out of frustration and to teach a lesson to the airlines".

He was finally arrested by Delhi Police on Sunday.

The call about the bomb threat in the Mumbai-bound flight, which was set to depart from the Delhi airport, was received at 8.15 am on May 2 at the office of IndiGo Airlines.

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A few months ago, the National Investigation Agency also booked a Mumbai-based jeweller for making a similar hoax call, under the new stringent anti-hijacking laws.

IndiGo airline has been facing flak for incidents like manhandling a passenger and security breach where a passenger was made to board a wrong flight. Because of the search exercise, all Mumbai-bound flights were delayed by two to three hours.

"The accused was frustrated and went into depression after the notice was served by the airline".

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As the accused was using the cellphone for some days after May 2, Delhi Police traced its location to Pune.

Thereafter he started his job in Aviation Sector and was presently serving in Indigo Airlines as "Customer Service Officer" at Pune Airport.

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