How a couple joke triggered chaos at Goa Airport

A couple has been apprehended by the police at Goa‘s Dabolim International Airport after making a false claim about having a bomb in their bag. This caused a delay of approximately 90 minutes for the flight they were scheduled to board, an official told TOI.

The couple, identified as Atulkumar Kewat (29) from Madhya Pradesh and Tritiya Jana (29) from Kolkata, were taken into custody during a security check for an IndiGo flight from Goa to Bengaluru. They were detained for engaging in a bomb hoax during the security screening process.

The incident occurred at 23:42 hours on Tuesday while the couple was waiting for a security check before boarding the flight. They uttered the words, “there is a bomb in the bag” (‘uske bag me bomb hai’), which immediately caught the attention of fellow passengers. The security personnel were promptly informed, and a thorough check of all luggage was conducted. No suspicious items were found.

The couple did not specify whose bag they were referring to, causing confusion among the authorities. The security in-charge at the airport police station lodged a formal complaint against the couple, who were on vacation in Goa. They were subsequently taken into custody.

The flight to Bengaluru eventually departed after a delay of approximately one and a half hours, as confirmed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vasco) Salim Sheikh. Both Atulkumar Kewat and Tritiya Jana have been charged under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code for public mischief and are currently being questioned by the police.

It is important to note that making false bomb threats is a serious offense and can lead to severe legal consequences.

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