Pune Indigo staffer held for hoax call to Delhi airport

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The accused Kartik Madhav Bhat, 23, was traced in Pune. When Kartik Madhav Bhat was rebuked and given a warning for his poor performance at India's IndiGo airlines, he decided to make a hoax phone call to New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport's (IGI) IndiGo Airlines complex claiming the presence of a bomb on a Mumbai-bound plane, on May 2. On interrogation, Madhav revealed he made the call as he was "depressed" and "frustrated" with IndiGo.

He was finally arrested by Delhi Police on Sunday. Multiple security agencies were alerted and they carried out checks on all Mumbaibased flights, including of IndiGo airline, on that day. Only after thorough checking of the planes was the call declared hoax.

Following which few Mumbai-bound flights from IGI Airport were physically checked. During investigation, police learnt that Bhat's performance was "below expectation" in the airline since he joined the company a year and a half ago.


Bhat disclosed that his job performance was not up to the mark and he had been given verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face the departmental action. "So he made a bomb threat call at the IndiGo airline office at cargo complex of terminal 3 of IGIA", said Sanjay Bhatia, DCP, IGIA.

In December 2017, a senior employee of IndiGo airlines was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly facilitating gold smuggling via Guwahati airport, an official statement said. The Pune-resident was apprehended last week and the SIM card used for making the hoax call was recovered from his possession.

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