Bomb threat to Ivanka Trump venue, turns out to be hoax

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY BREACHES -

Abomb threat by an anony­mous caller kept po­lice on their toes on Novem­ber 28 evening just as Ivanka Trump joined a din­ner hosted by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at Falaknuma Palace in Hy­der­abad. How­ever, af­ter scour­ing the premises, po­lice de­clared it a hoax. At 8.43 p.m., the emer­gency re­sponse control room of 108-EMRI re­ceived a call from a man speak­ing in­co­her­ently who claimed a bomb planted at the palace might go off any mo­ment.

“The caller ap­peared con­fused and said a bomb was planted at Falaknuma Palace. EMRI control room staff alerted the po­lice control room about the call,” Hy­der­abad DCP said.

This devel­op­ment took place when Modi, Ivanka Trump and oth­ers were watch­ing a cul­tural event and were about to move to 101 Din­ing Hall for din­ner,” a top po­lice source said. The tense Te­lan­gana po­lice brass did not ini­tially share the in­for­ma­tion with the US Se­cret Ser­vice or the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Group (SPG) team guard­ing the Prime Min­is­ter.

A Hy­der­abad po­lice team ze­roed in on the anony­mous caller, Bon­tha Yel­la­iah, a 60-year-old men­tally dis­turbed man, at Maula Ali. They found Yel­la­iah, a stone cut­ter, in an ine­bri­ated state and took him into cus­tody.

Dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary probe, Yel­la­iah’s fam­ily mem­bers told po­lice he suf­fered from an acute men­tal dis­or­der and had been ad­mit­ted to the In­sti­tute of Men­tal Health, Er­ra­gadda, last month.

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