Youth threatens to blow up Miami airport, Detained by Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad in Jalaun

While briefing the media persons over the development, UP DGP OP Singh said that the youth had bought bitcoins worth $1,000, which had tripled over a short period of time.

Published: 03rd November 2018 01:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2018 11:38 PM   |  A+A-

Handcuffs

Image for representational purpose only.

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has detained an 18-year-old youth in Jalaun for threatening to attack Miami airport in the United States here on Saturday. Depressed over losing his high-value bitcoins, the youth had registered his complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US probe agency, but failed to get the desired response following which he handed out a threat to blow up the Miami airport, said the ATS sources.

While briefing the media persons over the development, UP DGP OP Singh said that the youth had bought bitcoins worth $1,000, which had tripled over a short period of time.

"However, someone on the internet duped him on the pretext of helping him to further increase the value of the cryptocurrency," said the DGP. Frustrated over failing to recover his money despite all efforts, the youth submitted a complaint to FBI using a fake name and sought its help.

But he did not get a desired response from the US probe agency. Consequently, the youth started calling up Miami Airport authorities using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and claimed that he would attack the airport with AK-47 and grenades, a suicide belt and kill everyone.

"He made calls to the airport between October 2 and 31 after which FBI got in touch with National Investigation Agency (NIA), which, in turn, roped in UP ATS to carry out the operation," said OP Singh.

He added that the accused was soon tracked down by the UP ATS sleuths and his equipment, including laptop, was seized. The DGP also said that the accused had used a fake Aadhaar card to negotiate with the FBI.

UP DGP further said that the youth neither informed his parents about the duping incident nor the police. Meanwhile, IG ATS, Aseem Arun said that the parents of the accused were unaware of his bitcoin deal. However, he was traced on the basis of IP address he was using to contact Miami airport authorities in the US.

He confessed his crime during interrogation, IG Arun said. While the legal action was initiated against the youth under Section 41 A of the CrPC which did not require arrest, said the IG ATS. He added that the accused would be chargesheeted in court. However, the incident prompted the officer to request parents to keep an eye on their children, especially, when it pertained to online transactions.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp