IndiGo staffer arrested for making hoax bomb call to Delhi airport

An Indi Go Airlines Airbus A320

An Indi Go Airlines Airbus A320

IndiGo is facing the heat yet again. The accused Kartik Madhav Bhat, 23, was traced in Pune.

Upset by a warning about his work from seniors, an employee of the IndiGo airlines allegedly put airport operations on hold for hours with a hoax call about a bomb, the police said.

Subsequently, a few Mumbai-bound flights were checked and the call was declared a hoax.

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A similar incident was reported on May 3 when a Indigo staffer had informed security personnel about a hoax call claiming bomb on a Mumbai bound flight. Only after thorough checking of the planes was the call declared hoax.

The accused is serving as customer service officer in Indigo at the Pune airport. The man, whose performance was poor, was told by his employers that he would face action unless he improved.

During the investigation, it was found that after passing his intermediate examination, the accused did Diploma in Hospitality and Aviation from Frankfinn Institute in 2013, the police said. Upset, he chose to "teach a lesson" to the airlines, the police said. Multiple security agencies were alerted and they carried out checks on all Mumbaibased flights, including of IndiGo airline, on that day. The SIM card used for making the call was recovered from Bhat. The passenger had repeatedly complained about mosquitoes in the aircraft.

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