Hyderabad: A Kakinada engineer on 27 March made a hoax bomb threat call in Nashik, Maharashtra, after he did not get a seat in the Nashik-Hyderabad flight of the Alliance Air. The flight was delayed for a short time due to the hoax call.

The police arrested the caller, identified as Pabbinedi Viresh Venkat Narayan Murthy (33), an engineer from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, who had booked a ticket for Hyderabad.

His ticket PNR status was not updated and when he reached the airport, the airline staff told him to get another ticket. Murthy, who needed to go home urgently to meet his pregnant wife, had an argument with the airline staff, the police said.

The flight was scheduled to take-off at 8.25 p.m on Saturday from the airport. About 20 minutes before the scheduled take-off, the Nashik rural police control room received a call that there was a bomb in the plane, an officer from Dindori police station said. As a result, the passengers were deplaned.

A police team and the bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS) rushed to the airport and checked the plane but no bomb or any other suspicious thing was found. The flight later left for its destination in the wee hours of Sunday, the officer said.

The police checked the airport's CCTV footage and saw the accused in conversation with the airline's staff. They later tracked him through his mobile phone and arrested him at Nashik city. A case was registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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