Karnataka police arrested a 65 year old Swamy Sundara Murthy who is an ex-army person for making a hoax call about a possible terror attack in three states causing panic searches in various places. This came shortly after the Sri Lankan bomb blasts that killed over 250 and injured over 500 people
Swamy Sundara Murthy was an ex-army person currently working as a truck driver. He is said to be a resident of Avalahalli in Karnataka. Swamy Sundara Murthy had told the cops that he had information about 19 terrorists being present in Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu to carry out the attacks. He claimed the terrorists have planned to blow up the trains.
Karnataka police immediately wired the information to his counterparts in 6 states and Union territory of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Goa and Maharashtra.
Taking cue from the threat call, Police force in all the states was alerted and began searches in all prominent public places. Principal Secretary of Tamil Nadu has issued an alert to all the departments in the state to stay vigilant and take necessary precautionary measures to maintain law and order and to avert any untoward incident.
The coast guard and marine police were also alerted to stay on guard round-the -clock anticipating the terrorists in connection with the Sri Lankan blasts may enter India through sea route.
The police also said they received an anonymous call threatening to blow up the Pamban Bridge which connects Rameswaram to the mainland. This made the police carry out extensive searches in the area checking every vehicle in the area. Huge police force along with the bomb detection squad and sniffer dogs were deployed effective monitoring.
However, the police have not yet established why Swamy Sundara Murthy had resorted to such a fake call threat.