Woman’s Bomb Claim Sparks Panic on Mumbai Flight
Kolkata: A Mumbai-bound Air Asia flight from Kolkata with 114 onboard had to return to the airport after flying for 40 minutes on Saturday, after a 25-year-old Salt Lake woman allegedly handed over a note to the crew claiming she had a bomb strapped to her body and was unable to dispose of it. However, after the flight made an emergency landing at the Kolkata airport and a detailed frisking was done, nothing suspicious was found. But a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test found her to be drunk way above the permissible limit. The airport authorities handed her over to police. Cops have charged the woman, Mohini Mondal, under relevant sections of IPC and Safety of Civil Aviation Act for spreading panic. She may also be barred from flying in future. A resident of Salt Lake’s BF Block, Mondal is an MBA student and also helps her father in their printing business.
The girl’s father has reportedly told cops she was not in a sound mind and has provided them with some prescriptions. The Air Asia flight I5 316 carrying 114 passengers flew before time at 9.57pm on Saturday. However, 40 minutes into the journey, Mondal gave a piece of paper to an air-hostess and asked her to pass it to the captain. Since the cockpit is a restricted area, the captain wanted to know about the content of the note. It was then that they learnt about the passenger’s claim. “The note read she had an explosive strapped around her body and that she was not able to dispose of it by herself. She was seeking help from the pilot,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar Commissionerates said on Sunday. The captain immediately contacted the air traffic control, apprised them of the threat and sought to return to the parking bay. The flight landed at 11.37pm and was assigned an isolation bay.
Man Steals Passbook Printing Machine Instead of ATM, Held
The machine was found behind the accused’s house.
Kolkata: Cops have arrested one person for stealing a passbook printing machine, which he had thought to be an ATM. The printer belonged to a 24×7 ATM kiosk of a private bank on VIP Road. The theft came to notice on Thursday morning when locals found the pass book printing machine inside the premises of a residential complex on VIP Road near Kaikhali, missing from the kiosk. The bank’s branch head lodged a missing complaint at Baguiati police station and cops probing into the case scanned CCTV footage to find how the miscreants stole the machine around 2.30am early on Thursday. Probing into the case, police arrested, Raj Sardar alias Mathor from his home at Kulberia in Rajarhat and found the machine dumped in his backyard on Saturday evening. “He has told us that he mistook it as an ATM machine and stole it. We are interrogating him further and are trying to locate his accomplices,” said a senior officer of Bidhannagar City Police. He was produced before a Barasat court on Sunday that remanded him to four days of police custody.
Man Damages ATM Kiosk
Chennai: A 35-year-old man, identified as Yuvan, was arrested for hurling stones and damaging the glass door of an ATM kiosk on Anna Salai on Saturday night. Yuvan was found moving around suspiciously near the ATM kiosk. The security guard tried to chase him away but instead of leaving the spot, Yuvan picked up a fight with the guard which led to a scuffle. In a fit of rage, he hurled a stone at the glass door of the kiosk. While he tried to escape, the security guard caught hold of him and handed him over to Anna Salai police. Police said he was a pavement dweller and appeared to be mentally ill.