the 24-year-old had been jealous of his friend
An Indian man identified as Katraju Shashikanth, of Warangal, Telangana, was arrested on September 4, 2019, for sending a hoax bomb threat to Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) Airport in Hyderabad.
It was discovered that Shashikanth planned to frame his friend Sairam Kaleru as he was jealous of him.
The airport’s customer support department had received an email from an unknown person which claimed that he intended to bomb the airport.
Shashikanth sent the threat from his phone writing:
“I want to blast bomb in airport tomorrow.”
He also gave Sairam’s email address and mobile number, assuming that the police would arrest his friend.
After receiving the email, security officials at the airport conducted a search throughout the building. After they could not find an explosive device, they declared the email as “non-specific”.
But a police complaint was lodged so that the fake threat would be investigated further.
Officers at Shamshabad Police Station reviewed the IP address. They tracked down Shashikanth and arrested him.
Police officers found out that the 24-year-old had been jealous of his friend going to Canada so he had sent the threat in order to stall the visit.
Shashikanth had been jealous that Sairam had obtained a Canadian visa and was going there to further his career prospects while he stayed in a hostel and was still unemployed.
This led to him writing a fake email stating that the airport would be bombed. The email was received by the customer support team and security was alerted.
Ever since Sairam planned to obtain a Canadian visa, Shashikanth has been taking steps to try and prevent his friend from going.
When Sairam applied for a visa, the Indian man tried to sabotage his friend’s career by writing a fake email to immigration officials in Canada that were filled with abusive comments.
However, Shashikanth was left disappointed when the visa arrived.
According to India Today, Shashikanth was arrested on September 4, 2019, and was booked under Sections 505 (mischief) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code.
He was also booked under Section 3(D) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation Act.
Shashikanth was remanded in Shamshabad Police Station. While in prison, Sairam came to visit his friend.
He put the problems behind and gave Shashikanth Rs. 500 (£5.70) before saying goodbye. Sairam left for Canada later on September 4, 2019.