Man threatens to hijack planes from Bhopal, Indore airports and take them to Pakistan; detained

India: A 34-year-old man has been detained for allegedly threatening to hijack planes from Bhopal and Indore airports in Madhya Pradesh and take them to Pakistan.

Bhopal’s Gandhinagar police station in-charge Arun Sharma told news agency PTI on Wednesday that officials at the Raja Bhoj Airport received a phone call at around 5 pm on Tuesday wherein the caller made the threat.

The airport management immediately informed the Gandhinagar police about the call.

Police traced the caller, who is a youth from Shujalpur. He has been detained for questioning.

“The man, who allegedly threatened to hijack the planes, was caught late Tuesday night from Shujalpur town (about 100 km from Bhopal). He is being extensively questioned as part of the investigation into the matter,” said the official.

He added that a Mumbai-bound flight took off from Bhopal on Tuesday evening after a strict security check.

Authorities have intensified the security at the Bhopal and Indore airports following the threat call.