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The details of the Karnataka terror alert, which was later declared as hoax prove that the truth is stranger than fiction! The baffling findings point to a ‘premonition’ that led to the terror alert. Speaking to News Nation, KV Sharath Chandra, IG central range Karnataka said that Sundara Murthy, a retired army personnel, has confessed that he made the call after he got an ‘insight’ about the terror attack during meditation. Murthy, an ex-driver in Indian Army, is father of a Kargil martyr.
His eldest son had attained martyrdom while fight on the border in 1999 war. He second son is presently serving in the army. Other two children stay with the accused. There were some reports that Murthy had made the call while he was drunk. However, the police have not confirmed the information.
"Sundara Murthy, a retired army personnel, has confessed that he made the call after he got an ‘insight’ about the terror attack during meditation," says KV Sharath Chandra, IG central range, Karnataka.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) April 27, 2019
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In a dramatic turn of events, the Bengaluru (Rural) Police arrested a former army man for making the call. “It was a hoax call. Sundara Murthy, a retired army personnel has been arrested for making the call,” Bengaluru (Rural) SP Ram Nivas Sepat said. Murthy was a driver in Indian Army and had retired from service in 1995. The development comes a day after the state police issued an alert to seven states and one Union Territory warning them about terrorists planning major attacks on trains in the coming days.
The Karnataka DGP had written to top police officials in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra and Pondicherry, alerting them about terror attacks being planned on trains. The letter also talked about the presence of 19 terrorists in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram.
The letter was issued to DGPs of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry, Goa and Maharashtra, DGP RPF (New Delhi), along with Bengaluru Police Commissioner, ADGP (Railways), ADGP (Law and Order) and IGP (Intelligence, Bengaluru).
Swamy had also claimed about the presence of 19 terrorists in Ramanathapuram, the letter added.
Principal secretary to Tamil Nadu govt has also communicated the information to Tamil Nadu Police for necessary action.