RAJKOT: Playing a prank on friends by posing himself as head of a terrorist group has proved to be costly for a 19-year-old in Kutch,

Rapar police arrested the youngster who had sent Whatsapp messages to his friends saying that he was from Pakistan and offered Rs 10,000 for key information about places to planting bombs in India. He had sent the messages to around eight friends on Sunday and Monday.

The boy Mahesh Koli, a resident of Manfara village of Bhachau taluka, sent messages using mobile app which shows the sender’s number as an international one. His messages asked the recipients to give information required for planting bombs in the country. He even offered them money for sharing the information.

The collegians got scared seeing the message in Hindi, which read: “Would you like to work for me as an agent? You have to give me information about India and you will get Rs 10,000 per information. Where do people gather in big numbers on August 15? I am from Pakistan and want to plant a bomb.”

The youngsters immediately approached Rapar police, which speeded up investigation. Cyber crime sleuths were roped in and they traced the mobile tower from which the messages were transmitted. Ultimately, they found Koli’s number and caught him from his house on Monday night.

Security was also beefed up in Kutch as the messages were received just three days before the Independence Day celebrations.

Police booked Mahesh under IPC section 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riots), 505 (1) (circulating rumours to scare people) and section 66 of Information Technology Act.

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