Maha boys sends message to Uddhav Thackeray\'s PA, threatens to bomb Bangalore stadium

PTI Posted: Dec 26, 2012 at 2052 hrs
Beed (Mah) A boy from Ashti tehsil here was today arrested after he threatened to bomb the Bangalore stadium, which hosted the India-Pakistan match in the first Twenty20 international series, police said.

According to police, Amit alias Akshay Bhandari, a BSC student from Kada village in the district rang up Bangalore police from his mobile on Monday, threatening a bomb blast at the Chinnaswamy stadium yesterday, after the sixth over was bowled.

Police sources said that Bhandari, who is an ardent fan of Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, also sent an SMS on the mobile of Milind Narvekar, personal assistant to Uddhav Thackeray, stating that the late leaders\'s wish not to allow Pakistan cricketers to play on Indian soil, was about to come true.

"Saheb tumche Swapna aata purn honar, 20-20 samnya madhe bomb blast honar" (Saheb, your dream will now be fulfilled, bomb blast will occur in the 20-20 match), the message read.

However, when Bhandari realised his folly, he cooked up an abduction story, fearing arrest, sources said.

Superintendent of Police Dattatrya Mandlik said that Bhandari came to the police station last night and claimed to have been abducted by 4-5 persons, who forced him to call Bangalore police on Monday night.

When quizzed, he however admitted to have phoned Bangalore police, threatening a blast, the SP said.

Following the threat, the security was beefed up at the Bangalore stadium, he said.

The boy has been booked under section 505 (2) and 182 of IPC, said PSI Syyad Jilani Kadar.

Alluding to Pakistan┐s role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike and the 2001 Parliament attack, Bal Thackeray had expressed his opposition to cricket team\'s tour to the country and had said their visit was tantamount to insulting the martyred jawans.

Victim\'s condition gives anxious moments to doctors

New Delhi

The condition of the 23-year-old gang rape victim deteriorated last night as her pulse rate reduced considerably but it recovered soon.

She, however, continues to be critical but stable, doctors attending on her said today. She continues to be on ventilator support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The medical bulletin on her health by the doctors at Safdarjung hospital, where she is being treated, was postponed twice as top heart specialists attended on her.

According to sources, her condition had deteriorated late last night as she had suffered from "bradycardia", with her pulse rate reducing, but she recovered within minutes.

Sources said her pulse rate has suddenly reduced to below 50 per minute but recovered within five minutes.

"Her condition continues to be critical but stable," a senior doctor said while confirming her bradycardia condition last night.

Top health specialists, including Naresh Trehan, were attending on the girl and held consultations with the panel of doctors looking into her health condition.

The medical bulletin on the victim\'s health was to be issued at 4.30 PM but it was postponed to 6.30 PM, only to be put off again by the hospital administration.

Senior health officials, including the Director General of Health Services, held consultation with doctors attending on her.

There was heavy police deployment outside the hospital.