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13-year-old boy apprehended for sending bomb threat email 'just for fun' to Delhi Airport

In the past two months, there have been at least seven instances of hospitals, schools, colleges, museums, railway establishments, prisons and government offices getting bomb threats via email that were sent using virtual private networks (VPN) or proxy servers.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi New Delhi Updated on: June 23, 2024 16:36 IST
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Delhi airport bomb scare: A 13-year-old boy was apprehended for allegedly sending an email to the Delhi Airport, claiming that a bomb had been planted on a Dubai-bound flight, police said on Sunday. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) Usha Rangnani, the boy admitted to sending the email "just for fun" after being influenced by the news of another teenager who made a hoax bomb threat call a few days ago. 

Delhi Airport receive bomb threat email 

Earlier on June 17, Delhi Airport received a bomb threat email regarding a Dubai-bound flight on June 18. The airport was put on high alert, and emergency protocols were followed to ensure passenger safety. The email was later determined to be a hoax.

“Based on the complaint, an FIR was lodged, and an investigation was launched. All the guidelines, protocols and SOPs were followed to ensure the safety and security of the passengers,” DCP said. "Airport was put on high alert, and an emergency was declared," she said.

Teen sent email and deleted his ID

However, during the investigation, the email was found to be a hoax, she said.  "During the investigation, it was revealed that the email ID was deleted just after sending the email. The email was traced at Pithoragarh in Uttranchal," Rangnani said.

She further said that a team was sent, and the boy was apprehended for sending the hoax email. "The boy told the police team that his parents had given a mobile to him for study purposes through which he sent the email and later deleted his ID. He did not share any information with his parents as he was scared. He was apprehended and handed over to his parents," she added.

(With PTI inputs)

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