PATNA: A man has been arrested in Bihar’s Samastipur district for allegedly threatening to blow up the Patna Junction railway station in the state capital.
A team of railway police arrested Sushil Kumar, a resident of Kalyanpur in Samastipur district, on Tuesday evening for allegedly sending a text message to a top railway police official threatening that he would blow up Patna Junction railway station.
“The man was arrested after the location of the mobile phone from which the message had come was traced. He was brought to Patna on Wednesday and he is being interrogated,” said Amit Kumar, inspector general (IG) of railway police. It was on Amit Kumar’s official mobile phone number that the message with the threat had been sent.
The police team that arrested Sushil Kumar, however, failed to trace the mobile phone and the SIM from which the threat message had been sent. “We are still investigating the matter to know how this threatening message originated. Since the mobile phone is yet to be traced, we have not yet come to any conclusion,” said the IG.
Sources said the arrested man denied that he had sent any such threatening message, but he failed to intelligibly explain where his phone is.
Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in and around Patna Junction railway station. Sources said the threat message had come on Amit Kumar’s mobile phone on Monday. With Patna Junction witnessing severe rush due to Holi, the cops were put on alert. The threatening message led to a further intensification of security checks in and around the railway station, said officials.
There have been similar threats to blow up Patna Junction railway station earlier, too. In most cases, such threats have been found to have been issued by youngsters seeking to have fun.