The man called up police in a state of panic, insisting that three women were entering a temple in Annapoorneshwari Nagar in Bengaluru with explosives
Bengaluru: 32-year-old V Sunil Kumar was arrested on Saturday after he made a hoax call to police stating that he saw three women entering a temple in Annapoorneshwari Temple with bombs.
Bengaluru Police were on high alert after they received a phone call at around 12 pm from a man who alleged that he saw three women entering a temple with bombs and that they were also planning to hold the devotees of the temple hostage.
Annapoorneshwari Nagar Police soon swept into action with their canine bomb detection squad and combed the area for over two hours and ensured that the devotees were evacuated from the temple.
Police said that they began to suspect the call to be a hoax when their two-hour search revealed nothing.
Upon calling the number they received the call from, they found that the phone was switched off. However, police managed to track down the caller in Srirampura.
“When we questioned him, he told us he had seen three women carrying weapons into the temple. He began blaming us saying he did what any concerned citizen would. He even blamed us and said that the police should not keep sending alerts to people to call in suspicious activities”, a police official reportedly said.
When Sunil’s father was brought in for questioning, he revealed that while he was in the UAE working as a driver, his wife had left him because he was overtly jealous. He also stated that Sunil constantly tried to created trouble for any woman he saw on the road and would get angry if women spoke to him and has previously harassed women randomly.
Annapoorneshwari Nagar Police have booked Sunil under section 505 (causing public mischief), 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication), 268 (public nuisance) and 290 (punishment for public nuisance) of the IPC.
Last Updated 5, May 2019, 6:37 PM IST