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Man who made hoax bomb call during Ivanka dinner arrested

IANS | Hyderabad |

Hyderabad police on Wednesday said it arrested a mentally unstable man who made a hoax call about bomb being planted in Falaknuma Palace when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump were attending a dinner on Tuesday.

The call was made to 108-EMRI, an emergency helpline number and they alerted police.

A police officer said they did not panic and did basic verification.

As the Prime Minister, Ivanka, the Telangana Governor and Chief Minister, several other important personalities and delegates of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) were attending the dinner at the palace hotel, the city police acted cautiously.

Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana said the man who was speaking in an incoherent manner was traced. He was identified as 60-year-old Bontha Yellaiah, a stone cutter, described as “insane” by police.

The police officer said Yellaiah, the resident of Moula Ali of Racha Konda Commissionerate on the city outskirts, was suffering from acute mental disorder. He was later sent to mental hospital.

The DCP since entire Falaknuma Palace was meticulously checked for last 3 days and was being watched by police through 150 CC cameras, they did not react in panic.

While police was taking care of the security in and around the palace, the inner layers of security were manned by US security agencies and Special Protection Group (SPG).