The National Investigation Agency (NIA) charged 37-year-old Birju Salla, who reportedly left a note in the washroom of a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight declaring the airplane had been hijacked, invoking the tough Anti-Hijacking Act that may put the businessman in prison forever.
After the note, in English and Urdu, was found, the flight was redirect to Ahmedabad. A search appeared there were no explosives on board or in the cargo hold. Primary investigations blamed Salla, a regular customer on Jet. Subsequently, interrogating the suspect disclose that Salla was furious with the airline. He was in a relationship with an airhostess of the airline, and believed that her work was keeping her from spending enough time with him – a desire that converted into outrage against the airline.
The note declared the aircraft had 12 hijackers on board and that it ought to be flown straight to the PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). It also declared that the cargo areas had bombs that would detonate if the aircraft landed in Delhi.
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Taking a tough stand in the case, the ministry of civil aviation approached the home ministry for a probe by the NIA.
“After investigation, it has been established that accused Birju Salla who travelled in the business class of the Jet Airways flight (No. 9W339) on October 30 last year, from Mumbai prepared a ‘threat note’ in ‘English’ and ‘Urdu’ language and he intentionally placed it in the tissue paper box of the toilet near the Business Class thereby jeopardizing the safety of the passengers and crew members on board,” said the NIA in a statement.
The agency said amid probe it discovered sufficient oral, documentary, technical, forensic and material proof to demonstrate its case. Amid its investigation, the agency recovered a copy of the note from his computer. Salla had utilized Google Translate to translate the note into Urdu.
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