An 18-year-old youth from Uttar Pradesh has been apprehended by the ATS for allegedly making several calls to Miami airport in the US and threatening to blow it up, resulting in him being charged under the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act.
He had reportedly purchased Bitcoins worth $1,000 but someone duped him, following which he lodged a complaint with the FBI, but did not get the desired response regarding the whereabouts of his BTC. He then phoned the Miami airport and said he would be “barging into it with an AK-47 assault rifle, grenades, and a suicide belt.”
The threats were made from multiple email IDs and phone numbers acquired using fake identities.
The FBI reached out to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) to help track down the caller, which traced the calls to a small town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The authorities have charged the boy with multiple crimes under the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act for impersonation and issuing terror threats over internet/calls.
During interrogation by the police, the boy reportedly told the investigators that he had taken $1,000 from his father, who runs an NGO, to invest in Bitcoins and earned huge profits over the past five months. But a “fraudster” he met over an online chat forum duped him of all his money.
The case is pending further investigation as the perpetrator is too young to be tried as an adult. After interrogating his school authorities and family members, the police concluded the boy to be “studious” and judged his threats to be naive and unintentional.