Kerala Man Arrested For Threatening To Blow Up Mumbai Airport

Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala man was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday for allegedly issuing a threat to blow up the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport unless he received one million US dollars in Bitcoin. The Mumbai International Airport Limited, operator of the airport, initiated the investigation after receiving a threatening email in its feedback inbox on Thursday at 11:06 AM.

The email, which served as a final warning, declared an impending blast at Terminal 2 within 48 hours unless the specified Bitcoin amount was transferred. An FIR was registered at the Sahar police station under sections 385 and 505(1)(b) of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to extortion and making statements with intent to cause fear.

Concurrently, the ATS cyber cell conducted a parallel investigation, successfully tracing the email’s IP address to Kerala. A team was dispatched to the southern state, resulting in the arrest of the accused. The individual, whose identity remains undisclosed, is being transported to Mumbai and will be handed over to the Sahar Police for further proceedings.

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