Delhi: Indigo Staffer Arrested For Making Hoax Bomb Call at IGI airport

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Soon after the call, a few Mumbai bound air flights were physically checked after which the authorities declared the phone calls as hoax.

He was finally arrested by Delhi Police on Sunday.

An IndiGo employee, working at its customer care desk in Pune airport, was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly making a hoax bomb call, which affected its Delhi-Mumbai flight schedule on May 2.

IndiGo airline has been facing flak for incidents like manhandling a passenger and security breach where a passenger was made to board a wrong flight. Because of the search exercise, all Mumbai-bound flights were delayed by two to three hours.

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During interrogation, he revealed that his job performance was not up to the mark and he had been given verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face departmental action, said Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport). During investigation, police learnt that Bhat's performance was "below expectation" in the airline since he joined the company a year and a half ago. As per details available, the call was made by an IndiGo staffer at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. "The phone's SIM card has been seized from him", the official said.

Bhat, the only son of an executive engineer-rank officer, had passed intermediate and got a diploma in hospitality and aviation in 2013.

The accused is serving as customer service officer in Indigo at the Pune airport.