THOOTHUKUDI: In an audacious act, a daring 19-year-old youth who was arrested on Wednesday confessed to police that he had made a hoax bomb threat on last Tuesday to close a school in Thalamuthunagar near Thoothukudi to meet his Class X girlfriend.
While the police traced and identified the caller as Clarence, son of Peter, of Mother Teresa Fishermen Colony, based on leads from CCTV footages, police said the 19-year-old, who was brought to the Thoothukudi North Police station, claimed during the interrogation that his girlfriend on Tuesday was giving an examination at her school so he wanted to meet her.
The police said since Clarence’s father had died a month ago, he has been busy with work so could not talk to his girlfriend for long. On Tuesday, he decided to issue the bomb threat to all the schools in Thalamuthunagar by calling a police control room (PCR) so that he would not be suspected and all the schools would be closed, Clarence claimed.
Hence, he called the PCR from a public telephone booth and informed the cops that he had planted bombs at the four schools without naming the schools.
Following the interrogation, the police booked him under Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act and was remanded.
The police also said that Clarence, along with his brothers, often used to catch fish and roam around with other guys in his area, and that he seemed to be not so serious about the girl. Hence the police have not yet looked for further details of the girl.