Accused Masoom Sheikh told cops that he made the calls for “thrill” and to see how swiftly police responded to the situation

Mumbai : A teenager, who made hoax phone calls to the police claiming he had planted bombs at six places in the city to derive “thrill” has been arrested, police said on Thursday.

Masoom Sheikh (19) was picked up from suburban Goregaon last night and handed over to Azad Maidan police station for making hoax calls to the police control room which sent the force into a tizzy, Assistant Police Commissioner (Crime) Prafulla Bhosale said.

Sheikh told his interrogators he made the calls for “thrill” and to see how swiftly police responded to the situation. Sheikh also said he was not associated with any terror organisation.

According to crime branch, Sheikh had on Monday called up Mumbai Police helpline number 100 thrice, using three different SIM cards.

Claiming he was a terrorist, Sheikh said he had planted explosives at Filmcity, Mahim, Khar, Bandra, Santacruz and Mulund.

Frantic search operations were launched in all these places but no suspicious object was found, sources in the crime branch said.

With the help of human intelligence and technical support, police nabbed Sheikh last night and during interrogation he confessed to have made the phone calls, Bhosale said. Masoom Sheikh was handed over to Azad Maidan police who placed him under arrest.              -PTI

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