Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, June 21: Police managed to trace the hoax caller who had sent airport and police officials, at both Kolkata and Delhi airports, into a tizzy last night by misinforming officials of NSC Bose Airport that a bomb had been planted inside the Delhi-bound Indian flight, IC 402.
Debanjan Ganguly (28), a resident of Raja Dinendra Street in Manicktala, was arrested from a call centre in Hare Street area today.
Debanjan Ganguly confessed to police that he had made the hoax call simply as a trick on airport officials.
He had made the call around 7.20 p.m. yesterday.
The call had caused panic at both NSC Bose Airport and the Delhi airport.
By the time Debanjan Ganguly had made the call, the flight had already landed in Delhi with around 100 passengers on board.
As the message was conveyed to Delhi airport authorities, police there swung into action and evacuated passengers from the flight.
A search operation was conducted on the flight and nothing of a suspicious nature was found. But the activity caused the flight, on its return journey to Kolkata, to be delayed.
On reaching Kolkata, the aircraft was searched once again, but nothing was found.
By this time, police had managed to track down the hoax telephone call to a call centre in the Hare Street area.
This morning, a police team was sent to the call centre and all the employees were questioned for hours.
During interrogation, Debanjan, an employee at the call centre, gave conflicting answers to police.
The discrepancies in his statements led police to zero-in on him and he cracked under the pressure of interrogation.
“Later, Debanjan Ganguly confessed that he had made the telephone call to the airport last night. Apart from pleading forgiveness, he told us that he had made the call as a joke and he didn’t have any ill intention,” said a police officer.
Following his confession, the police team took Debanjan Ganguly to NSC Bose Airport police station.
He was produced at Barrackpore SDJM Court today.
Later, Debanjan Ganguly was remanded in police custody for five days.