Gujarati jeweller held for allegedly planting a letter about hijackersAHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI A Gujarati jeweller was detained today for allegedly planting a note about hijackers and a bomb in the toilet of a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Ahmedabad, officials said.
Civil aviation minister Ashok Ganapathy Raju later tweeted, "I am informed that the person responsible has been identified".
To the horror of the crew members, it had also directed the pilots to take the flight to POK and not stop at Delhi. "Salla runs a property business in Thane, and has his company registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs", said a CISF official. Birju, who is reportedly in his late 30s and belongs to Gujarat's Amreli district, was allegedly a repeat offender who had carried a cockroach on a Jet Airways flight on an earlier occasion and claimed that it was in the meal served to him on the flight. The official further added that the flight was declared safe and left for Delhi following the security check. The note, written in Arabic and English ended with "Allah is Great", reported ANI. All passengers deplaned at 4.25 am. They were profiled, their photographs taken and personal details sought, including their last overseas visit. At Ahmedabad airport, CISF personnel began anti-hijack procedures, the local police was called in, and the bomb detection and disposal squad along with the sniffer dog team came in and took position well before the aircraft touched down.
The note warned the pilot not to land at Delhi and instead fly the aircraft to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). 12 ppl on board. If you put landing gear you will hear people dying. The note also mentioned that there were explosives in the cargo. Don't take it as a joke.