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Prime suspect in Mangaluru Airport bomb scare surrenders before police

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Bengaluru, January 22:- The prime suspect in planting a low-intensity bomb near Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Monday surrendered in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Adithya Rao, a native of Manipal, surrendered at the office of the DGP at police headquarters after which he was taken for questioning. A team of Mangaluru Police, which had formed three teams for the probe, has left for the state capital to interrogate Rao.

“We have dispatched our team to interrogate him and will then take further legal action. It is too early to say anything else right now,” said Mangaluru Police Commissioner Dr P S Harsha.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai lauded the police for swift action to zero in on the suspect.

“They analysed all CCTV footages and extensively questioned the network of auto-rickshaw drivers to track him down. Our teams had gone to his home in Udupi and spoken to people in the neighbourhood as well. At that time, we realised he was the prime suspect. He was travelling from one place to another over the past two days. He reached Bengaluru late on Tuesday night and surrendered in the morning,” Bommai told reporters.

On Monday, Mangaluru police found a ‘live’ bomb in an unattended bag near the ticket counters at the airport. Discovery of the bag created panic, following which the bomb disposal unit was summoned.

Reportedly an unemployed engineering graduate, Rao has a criminal record. He was accused of making hoax calls to the Bengaluru Airport in 2018.

According to police, the bomb was found in the unclaimed laptop bag and was been taken in a bomb disposal unit vehicle for controlled explosion at an open place here. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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