A man from Coimbatore was arrested on Tuesday after making phone calls with bomb threats and claiming that the bombs had been placed at the residences of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and actor Rajinikanth in Poes Garden, Chennai.
Around 6 pm on Tuesday, the Chennai Police control room received the call from the man who said that bombs had been placed at these two residences and that the bombs would go off soon. The bomb squad was immediately dispersed to Poes Garden. After a thorough search of the premises, the officials deemed the phone call to be a hoax.
Upon tracing the call, the police identified the accused as Mohamed Ali, who hails from Coimbatore. Mohamed has been arrested and detained by police.
On questioning Mohamed, the police allegedly found that he suffers from mental health issues. Further information is awaited.
Earlier, in February, a 37-year-old man was arrested for making a hoax bomb threat call to the police control room. According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, the man, a carpenter and painter in Teynampet, was in an inebriated state when he made the call. He claimed that he had overheard his wife talking on the phone about a bomb blast at the Chennai Central railway station. He allegedly made the call to get his wife in trouble as she often quarrelled with him.
Similarly, in October 2018, in a similar instance, the Chennai police had received a hoax bomb threat call from 27-year-old Praveen Kumar, who had overslept and did not want to miss his train. He had made the call to the police control room to buy himself some more time to reach the station. Praveen initially stated that he had overheard some men at the Central station talk about a bomb being placed in the 6:15 am Kovai Express. It was only later Praveen realised that he had made the call from his cell phone. The Vadapalani police registered a case against Praveen and arrested him.