Man accused of making hoax bomb call to prevent wife leaving India

Man accused of making hoax bomb call to prevent wife leaving India
An Indian man has been arrested for allegedly calling an airport falsely saying his wife had planted a bomb on an airplane.
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19 August, 2019
The man was arrested in connection with the bomb threat [Getty]
Police in India have held a 29-year-old man for allegedly making a hoax call to a control room at an airport accusing his wife of planting a bomb on a passenger plane in a desperate bid to prevent her from leaving the country.

Delhi police revealed this weekend a man named Nasiruddin had been arrested, after he made a call to Delhi Airport accusing his wife of being an militant, to stop her boarding a flight bound for the Gulf.   

"[He] made a hoax call that one Zamina [alias] Rafiya was a bomber who would blow up either a Dubai or Saudi Arabia bound flight," police tweeted on Saturday.

Nasiruddin had allegedly accused his wife of being a "fidayeen", an Arabic-word that means "guerilla" but sometimes used to refer to Islamist militants.

The 29-year-old suspect owns a bag manufacturing factory in the southern city of Chennai, while his wife Rafiya, an employee, was leaving India to work in the Gulf.

The bomb threat came amid heightened security surrounding India's Independence Day celebrations on 15 August, when most airports are on Red Alert until the end of the month.

Tensions are also running high after the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the constitution, ending some regional autonomy for the disputed region of Kashmir. The move has angered Kashmiris and Pakistan, a country that also claims the territory.