Bomb, hi­jack fears ground Mum-Del...

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The crew in­formed the pi­lot about the same and he con­tacted the air traf­fic con­trol. The plane was then di­verted and landed at Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel In­ter­na­tional air­port here around 3.45 am.

The Bomb De­tec­tion and Dis­posal Squad, the deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice and his team, Ahmed­abad crime branch of­fi­cials and other spe­cialised teams reached the spot im­me­di­ately.

Manoj Gan­gal, Air­port Direc­tor, SVPI said, “At 3.34 am, the pi­lot of the Mum­bai-Delhi Jet Air­ways flight in­formed ATC, Ahmed­abad, that there were hi­jack­ers and ex­plo­sives on board. When the pi­lot ex­pressed his de­sire to land in Ahmed­abad, the ATC al­lowed pri­or­ity land­ing of the air­craft. There were a to­tal of 115 pas­sen­gers and seven crew mem­bers on board.”

“The aero­drome com­mit­tee soon as­sem­bled at the air­port and af­ter con­duct­ing thor­ough se­cu­rity checks of pas­sen­gers, air­craft and cargo, the flight was cleared for Delhi. The Ahmed­abad city po­lice have taken cog­ni­sance of the in­ci­dent and have ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Gan­gal noted.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, the noted was in both Urdu and English. “Salla used Google con­verter to write in Urdu,” they said.

ACP of Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Group of Crime, BC Solanki, who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, said the note was printed on an A4-sized pa­per.

“CCTV cam­era showed five pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing Salla, us­ing the lava­tory from where the note was found. Salla was our main sus­pect be­cause he was in­volved in a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent a few years ago, when he had claimed to have a cock­roach in the food served on board,” Solanki said.

In­ter­est­ingly, Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju took to Twit­ter and asked all air­lines to ban the hoax caller who dis­rupted the flight. “I am ad­vis­ing the air­lines to put him (per­son re­spon­si­ble) on the No-Fly list im­me­di­ately, in ad­di­tion to other statu­tory crim­i­nal ac­tion,” Raju tweeted.

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