Bengaluru: The accused who allegedly planted bomb near Mangaluru airport on Monday triggering panic has surrendered and is in police custody. Adithya Rao, a resident of Manipal in Udupi, surrendered on Wednesday morning at Karnataka police headquarters in Bengaluru. He was later taken to Halsoor Gate police station for questioning.
Soon after learning about Rao’s surrender Mangaluru Police Commissioner Dr PS Harsha tweeted saying his team was heading to Bengaluru for further investigation in the case. “The team will question the suspect and will initiate further necessary legal action,” said Dr Harsha in his tweet.
Rao, 36, an engineering graduate and an MBA holder, is not new to crime or to the police. He was arrested in 2018 for making a hoax bomb call and was behind bars for six months. According to police sources, the suspect is not part of any terror module but a hoax caller, who is furious after he was rejected for a job at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru.
Rao had applied for security guard job at Bengaluru international airport. But he failed to provide necessary documents due to which he could get the job. As an act of vengeance, he had called the Bengaluru airport on August 30, 2018 to inform them that he had planted bombs in the aircraft and the parking lot of the airport.
On surrendering Rao reportedly spilled the beans of planting the bomb at Mangaluru airport. He also confessed that he had made several hoax calls in the past as well. However, police are now ascertaining, how Rao managed to prepare an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and where did he get the explosives and other stuff from. Even though the bomb was low intensive, police cannot rule out a serious security threat.
He was reportedly also involved in stealing of laptops from paying guest accommodations and was earlier arrested for stealing laptop and he was jailed for three months.
After Rao’s arrest, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a fair investigation will take place.
“I had ensured fair and transparent probe in the case and police have done a great job. We did not care what community the accused belonged to,” Bommai said.
It is being said that Rao had come to Bengaluru in 2012 in search of job and he got placed at a private bank. But he quit the job within a short span and returned to Mangaluru where he worked as a security guard. He also had worked in Puthige Mutt, Udupi as a cook for some time. He thereafter went to Bengaluru again and joined an insurance company. Later, he left that job too and tried to become security staff at the airport.
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