The Central Crime Branch officials arrested a hoax caller allegedly circulating false terror attack rumors. In the wake of the terror attack in Sri Lanka, the police force was already on high alert when a former army truck driver made a hoax call to the control room.
The ex-army personnel claimed that terrorists are planning a terror attack across some cities in the state of Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Telangana, Union Territory of Pondicherry, and Karnataka and several other parts of South India.
Hoax Caller Talked About Terrorist Group At Ramanathapuram
According to reports, the 65-year-old caller said that there is a group of terrorists at Ramanathapuram in the state of Tamil Nadu planning to dispatch its members to the different targeted cities of South India and Maharashtra. Initially, the call did cause panic in the police department.
The Director General of Police even issued letters to the DGPs of all states, Union Territory, Railway Protection Force, DGP, New Delhi, and the ADGP, Railways, Bangalore giving them warning of such possible terror attacks.
The Director-General and Inspector General of Police (DG & IGP), Neelamani Raju in his letters to the state said, “He claims to have information to the effect that major cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry, Goa, and Maharashtra will be hit by terror attacks. The terror attacks will take place on trains. He also claimed that there are 19 terrorists present at Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu.”
However, later on, it was found to be a hoax. The Director-General of Police of Andhra Pradesh, R.P.Thakur said, “Karnataka police are investigating why the latter gave false information to the police.”
The CCB officials on the orders of the General and Inspector General of Police (DG & IGP) tracked down the truck driver Sundar Murthy in the outskirts of Avalahalli.
The narration from Murthy is quite funny. According to the accused, he often gets different visions about various incidents that are about to happen in the future while he is doing meditation.
That is why he thought it to be his moral duty to alert the police force. Further investigation is being carried out by the Vidhana Soudha police.
CCB Officials Tighten Security
The CCB officials have tightened the security of the coast of Andhra Pradesh and are continuously monitoring the ports, major temples, airports, mosques, and churches post the terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning.
Police are also checking hotels, lodges, and churches and inquiring with the hotel owners as well as the public about any suspicious movements or behavior of strangers at public places.
The police officials have also stepped up vigil at bus and railway stations as well as at shrines in Andhra Pradesh as a part of a preventive measure.