Bangalore, Jul 30: The police arrested a 38-year-old private bank executive on the charges of making bomb threat calls which later turned out to be hoax. City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidiri said that Abdul Rashid alias Abdul Rahim of Sudhamanagar in the city had made calls to a number of schools and even to the Police control room using his mobile phone during the last two days.
After tracking his cell phone number police nabbed the prankster. "This chap said he committed the offence after being 'inspired' from television reports on a number of hoax bomb calls made in the city. This is a serious offence. Anyone indulging in such activity could get a three years of rigorous imprisonment," he said.
Meanwhile, three more hoax calls were reported in the city keeping the police on their toes. One such call was made to the accountant of Surana College in Jayanagar. Police and a dog squad rushed to the spot and conducted a thorough search of the college premises found the call to be a hoax.
Similar calls were received at a school on BEL road and Jalahalli police conducted a search. In another incident a caller told the authorities of Mount Everest English school this morning but it proved to be a hoax.
"We will take strict action against those who try to disturb peace. Bangalore is now safe and there is no cause for the people to worry," Mr Bidiri added.