A 12-year-old Bengaluru child allegedly called the Railway Police Helpline with a bomb threat on March 30. He claimed to have a bomb at the railway station in Yelahanka. Authorities responded quickly, shutting down the station for 90 minutes, but it turned out to be a hoax. The boy’s motivation was to prevent his classmate from boarding the Kacheguda Express at the station since he would lose his PUBG buddy and be forced to quit the game. His call, which came in at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Railway Helpline, caused a stir, prompting authorities to close the station for search operations. Boy Made Bomb Threat
According to railway sources, a call regarding a bomb in the station was received on the railway hotline 139 around 2 p.m. on Wednesday (March 30). The Railway Protection Force (RPF) promptly sealed off the station and conducted all security inspections, including an anti-sabotage team and a dog squad, until it was determined that the message was a hoax. All trains leaving Yelahanka station were delayed by approximately two hours due to the checks, according to Shyam Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division. “By 2.37 p.m., our control centre had received the call. By 4.15 p.m., all checks had been completed, and the state police bomb disposal unit had given us written permission to operate our trains. By 5 p.m., we were able to resume train operations ” he stated. Boy Made Bomb Threat
The boy’s parents were summoned to the police and counselled about giving him advice. Men in civilian clothes also came to their house and counselled the youngster. The source said that because he was a minor, no action will be taken against him.
It is not uncommon for video games to have an impact on the minds of children. In related news, a class 10 kid in Hyderabad was shot and injured by a buddy following a disagreement over playing the PUBG smartphone game. A PUBG junkie in class 12 in Jaipur committed suicide because his parents refused to buy him a phone for his birthday. This happened in mid-February of this year.