A staffer with Indigo airlines was on Sunday arrested in New Delhi for allegedly making a hoax call regarding a bomb in a Mumbai flight, news agency. Post the call, a few Mumbai bound flights, leaving from IGI Airport, was physically checked, following which the call was declared as fake, the report said.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi was in a panic after receiving a bomb call. However as it turned out to be a hoax as the probe revealed that the caller was an Indigo staffer who was depressed after being asked to improve his work performance.  

The police zeroed in on the subscriber of the mobile phone from which the call was made. Soon the accused Kartik Madhav Bhat, 23, was traced in Pune. He was thereafter taken in custody and interrogated. 

The interrogation revealed that after 12 exams, the accused completed course in Hospitality and Aviation from a private institute in the year 2013. He started working in the aviation Sector and was employed as ‘Customer Service Officer’ in the airlines at Pune.

The accused confessed to his folly and informed the police that his job performance was bad and hence he was given a verbal notice to improve in three months or face departmental action. He got irked and called to spread bomb scare to teach airline a lesson. The sim card used for making a hoax call has been recovered from the possession of the accused.

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