Police have arrested a Vikhroli resident who posted alleged terror threats, including one about targeting Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi, at Viviana Mall in Thane to harass his ex-girlfriend.
According to officials, the alleged threats were scrawled on some advertising pamphlets in the ground and first-floor restrooms of Viviana Mall. They were discovered on Sunday afternoon, sparking panic among locals.
The pamphlets read, “Gazva-e-Hind”, “Dadar Siddhivinayak Temple Boom”, “ISIS is Coming, Slipper cell is activated”, Thane Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said.
Additionally, there were two mobile numbers found, one of a girl and another of a boy, penned in the same writing with the same sketch pen.
In no time, Thane Police teams, including the Anti-Terrorist Squad, swung into action and zeroed in on the girl and the boy from the phone numbers. The youths, both working in a local company, were brought in for interrogation.
During questioning, the girl admitted to a seven-year-long affair with one boy from Vikhroli, with whom she had recently split. She told police that he could be responsible for posting the threats.
Police secured the address of her former boyfriend, Ketan Ghodke, and despatched a police team which picked him up from his home in Vikhroli on Sunday night.
During interrogation, Ghodke finally confessed that he had written those ‘terror threats’ only to harass his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
Though Ghodke claimed he had no links with extremist groups and pleaded that his act was intended to teach a lesson to the girl and her friend, Vartak Nagar police have arrested him.
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