Bengaluru: A suspect, who is accused of planting a bomb in Mangaluru airport on Monday surrendered before police in the early hours of Wednesday.

The suspect, identified as Aditya Rao (36), is said to be a resident of Udupi and landed in the DG and IGP office around 8 am and surrendered before police and confessed to them that he placed the bomb at the airport.

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Rao is an engineering graduate and possesses an MBA. He had been arrested for making hoax calls to Kempegowda Airport and KSR railway station in 2018. He has four cases against him in Bengaluru, including hoax calls, theft, and theft by dwelling.

Adithya Rao said that he saw his pictures in newspapers, regional channels and news websites which showed him captured on many CCTV cameras.

Reportedly, he prepared the explosive in a hotel in Mangaluru.

He is being shifted to an isolated place from Halasur Gate Police Station for further investigation. Senior police officers in Bengaluru may interrogate him and later hand him over to Mangaluru Police. 

Meanwhile, Mangaluru Police commissioner PS Harsha in a tweet informed that the city police investigation team will fly to Bengaluru shortly to investigate the developments in connection with the case. The team will question the suspect and will initiate further necessary legal action.