BENGALURU: A week ahead of the air show in Bengaluru, Yelahanka police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old daily wage worker of the Indian Air Force (IAF) he trespassed a restricted zone and was found with call logs.
Mamnoon, who hails from Uttar Pradesh and has been working as a welder in the IAF premises for the past few days had taken pictures of the prohibited tower area. Officials later recovered nine sim cards from him, and also noted that he had made several calls to Saudi Arabia.
Later on Monday night, City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said the man was released after interrogation as they found no terror links.
An investigating officer said, "Mamnoon had come a few days ago to the air force base to build some temporary sheds for the air show. His background check was not done by the air force officials and he was staying at the shed in the same premises."
Police said that an IAF officer, Subendu Mishra, had filed a case with Yelahanka police and alleged that on Sunday night Mamnoon was behaving suspiciously after entering the tower 9 premise which is a prohibited area, and was talking on the phone.
After examining his call records and questioning him, security personnel learnt that he was speaking to a person from Saudi Arabia and found many photos of prohibited areas of the air force premises. He was later handed over to Yelahanka police.