Bengaluru: A 22-year-old unemployed youth, who wanted his friends to get arrested made a hoax call to the police control room that someone will plant explosives at Vidhana Soudha and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, has been arrested by the Vidhana Soudha police.
The accused, Sridhar, hails from Maddur in Mandya district. A second PU dropout, he had come to the city and was living in a room at Peenya for the last six months.
The police said that he had cheated several people in Mysuru and Mandya to the tune of Rs 5 lakh by promising them jobs. He was close to one of his victims, Nagaraj, who runs a studio near his room. Sridhar he had told Nagaraj that he had contacts in government departments and had helped several people in getting government jobs.
“Nagaraj believed him and introduced his friend, Suresh, who worked in a private firm, to Sridhar. Suresh wanted a government job and trusted Sridhar, who promised him a job at the RTO. Suresh had paid him Rs 60,000 as advance. But when there was no development for three months, Nagaraj and Suresh started asking Sridhar to return their money. Sridhar had returned Rs 30,000 in installments,” the police said.
Suresh had threatened Sridhar that he would file a police complaint if the balance is not settled within September 10. Sridhar got angry and hatched a plot to get Suresh and Nagaraj arrested. “He called the police control room on Monday and introduced himself as Suresh. We launched the probe and Nagaraj was picked up. He revealed that he had a financial dispute with Sridhar, who was traced in Maddur. He confessed that he made the hoax bomb call to land his friends in trouble,” the police said....