Mangalore Airport bomb scare: Man surrenders before police


BANGALORE: One person who allegedly planted the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) at Mangalore airport on Monday has surrendered before the police on Wednesday.


The accused, identified as Aditya Rao, landed at DG & IGP office on Nrupatunga Road in Bangalore in the early hours and surrendered himself. He was taken to Halsoor Gate police station for questioning.

Meanwhile, Mangaluru police commissioner Dr P S Harsha tweeted that Mangaluru city police probe team was flying to Bengaluru shortly to interrogate the surrendered person. "The team will question the suspect and will initiate further necessary legal action," Harsha was quoted by as saying.

Adithya Rao (36), who is an engineering graduate and an MBA, has been in the habit of scaring airport officials by making hoax bomb calls. According to reports, he was jailed for six month for making such call to officials in Bangalore airport following denial of a job in the airport in August 2018.

The cops suspect that he may have kept the bag with the explosives at the Mangalore export as a revenge against arresting and putting him in jail in connection with the hoax call.  

Adithya had applied for job as security guard at Bengaluru international airport but failed to provide certain documents. Because of the absence of these documents, a job was denied to him. As an act of vengeance for denying job to him, he had called Bengaluru airport on August 30, 2018 to inform them that he had planted bombs in the aircraft and the parking lot of the airport. The police who investigated the case, had arrested Adithya.

After his arrest, Adithya reportedly confessed to have made several such hoax calls in the past. When the railway officials at Bengaluru demanded additional money for carrying his luggage, he had fought with them. Later, to take revenge, he purportedly had called the railways about the presence of bomb.

Adithya had arrived at Bengaluru in 2012 seeking for a job. He had got a job in a private bank. But he resigned and returned to Mangaluru where he worked as security guard for six months. In 2012, he had served as cook in Puthige Math, Udupi.

He thereafter went to Bengaluru again and joined an insurance company. Later, he left that job too and tried to become security staff at the airport, it is being said.

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