Man behind Jet Airways flight hoax tweet surrenders in Jaipur

Sep 05, 2016 | 9:03 am

Published by | Karnveer Singh

Hoax tweet of 24-year old youth about a bomb in a Jet Airways plane on an international flight triggered a scare and led to its emergency landing in Muscat surrendered on Friday before Jaipur police.

A HR executive with an MNC financial firm, Surinder Pratap, has been working in Jaipur for some time now and is employed as an HR executive with an MNC,” the DCP added. Pratap had posted two tweets from his mobile, one was about a bomb spotted in the flight and in the other tweet, he claimed that he was involved in the Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh.

A Dubai-bound Jet Airways flight from Mumbai with 61 passengers and crew had made an emergency landing at Muscat airport following a tweet about the presence of a bomb on board. The flight was later cleared for onward travel after the message turned out to be hoax.

“The accused said that he wanted to draw the attention of people, so he found Tweeter a good platform. He was not aware of the result. After the plane’s landing, he received very critical and adverse response, so he deleted the tweets,” sources said.

Cyber crime expert Mukesh Chaudhary, who was assisting the local police in this case, said that similar incidents of hoax through social networking sites have also taken place in the past and police needs to create awareness about cyber laws.

“Such incidents are like cyber terrorism. Youth do not know consequences of posing such threats, they just do it for a fun or to draw attention but it can ruin their career and police should focus on creating awareness,” Chaudhary said.