IAF officer detained for making hoax bomb call to delay train departure

An Indian Air Force officer was detained for making a hoax bomb call to delay the departure of Mumbai Rajdhani Express from Indian capital city New Delhi Railway Station.

The Bomb Disposal Squad of the railways and the central district were called. The Railway Protection Force also joined the operation, but no explosive substances were found, police said.

“The mobile number was tracked and it was found that Sunil Sangwan, a Sergeant in the Indian Air Force, made the call,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Hareesh H P said.

According to police, Sangwan was scheduled to board the train to go to his place of posting at Air Force Station in Santacruz, Mumbai. He got late and dialed the railways to delay the departure of the train from Delhi.

“The caller was traced from coach B-9 seat number-1. His identity was established through his Indian Air Force identity card. The mobile handset, which he used to make the call, has also been recovered,” the DCP said.

“The caller was subjected to a medical examination which confirmed he was drunk. Legal action, as per law, is being taken against him,” he added.