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Man Causes Panic Onboard AI Plane by Falsely Claiming He Was Being Kidnapped

After flight AI 645 (Mumbai-Jodhpur) landed, police detained the man, identified as Dinesh Suthar, and the four persons escorting him who later turned out to be police personnel from Karnataka.

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Updated:October 1, 2018, 5:55 PM IST
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Man Causes Panic Onboard AI Plane by Falsely Claiming He Was Being Kidnapped
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Jodhpur: A man being escorted by four police personnel on board an Air India flight from Mumbai managed to pull a fast one on the crew by falsely telling them that he was being kidnapped by them, sending the airlines personnel into a tizzy and leaving fellow passengers harried.

After flight AI 645 (Mumbai-Jodhpur) landed here on Monday, police detained the man, identified as Dinesh Suthar, and the four persons escorting him who later turned out to be police personnel from Karnataka, according to DCP (East) Aman Deep Singh.

During interrogation, Suthar told the police that he had contacted the family members of a missing boy in Mysuru and falsely told them that he was currently in Jodhpur with a tantrik (occultist) in order to claim the reward money announced by them, the official said

He told them that he could take them to Jodhpur, after which two family members of the boy along with four policemen from Mysuru police had left for Jodhpur, said the official.

During the flight, he got scared and narrated the concocted story to the crew and other passengers that he was being kidnapped by the men who were escorting him. The crew informed the airport administration and AI office, the official said. “Immediately after the flight landed at Jodhpur airport, we took the plane in our custody and detained all these five persons”, said the official.

“We have arrested him (Suthar) and released those four policemen," Singh said, adding that there was some confusion due to language issue as the policemen were from Karnataka.

Other passengers were not allowed to de-board for nearly two hours after the plane landed at about 11.30am, causing inconvenience to them.

When contacted, an Air India official confirmed the incident and said the matter was under police investigation. "The incident happened on Air India flight AI 645, operating on Mumbai-Jodhpur route. The cabin crew staff overheard some four-five people say "kucch hone wala haey (something is going to happen). Accordingly, the pilot was informed of the conversation,” the official said. When the flight landed at Jodhpur airport, they were detailed by the police, which is investigating the matter, the official added.
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