Passenger behind plane hijack scare arrested, jailed (Lead)

February 2nd, 2009 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Jitender Kumar Mohala was arrested Monday and sent to jail for 14 days, after his allegedly aggressive behaviour on board an IndiGo flight from Goa to Delhi caused a mid-air scare Sunday and sent security agencies into a tizzy at the airport here.Delhi Police arrested Mohala under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) and 506 (criminal intimidation) as well as under the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act, 1982.

A city court sent Mohala to judicial custody till Feb 16.

Mohala, a 42-year-old charted accountant from Dwarka sub-city here, and fellow passengers Harpreet Anand and Samir Uppal were detained by the security agencies Sunday evening for their allegedly aggressive actions on board.

Anand and Uppal were let off after questioning.

Mohala’s allegedly aggressive behaviour forced the pilot of the IndiGo flight E644 to send a hijack alert, leading to a scare and panic at the Indira Gandhi International airport here. The plane made an emergency landing and was kept in isolation for two and a half hours.

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