Chennai: A 29-year-old IT employee was arrested by the city police for allegedly setting off a mini bomb in an IT park near Singaperumal Koil on June 7 after a failed attempt to extort his employers.
According to reports, the man identified as Karthikeyan was employed by a private firm in Mahindra Tech City. In dire need of Rs 50 lakh, he sent an anonymous email to his employers asking them to pay Rs 50 lakh or he would trigger a bomb in the office.
Angered by his employers not responding, Karthikeyan downloaded a mobile phone application to trigger the bomb remotely. On June 7, he stuffed a homemade bomb in a small ball and set the device off outside the IT Park.
Karthikeyan allegedly told the police that his plan was to blackmail his employers of a bigger explosion if they did not give in to his monetary demands. But all that the bomb did was to cough up a lot of smoke.
The security guards, posted outside Mahindra World City, reported the incident to the Chengalpet police who arrived at the spot and conducted enquiries. By way of examining footage retrieved from CCTV cameras, police officials managed to identify the accused and traced him to his residence in Maraimalai Nagar.
Realising he was trapped and was going to be arrested, Karthikeyan allegedly tried to kill himself in his house even as the police reached and arrested him. He has been remanded to judicial custody....