Ahmedabad Police have detained Birju Kishore Salla, the man behind the Jet Airways scare on Monday. Birju is a Mumbai-based Gujarati jeweller.
The Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight had made an emergency landing after a note in English and Google translated Urdu stated that that there were hijackers and a bomb on board the flight. This note was found in the plane’s washroom.
Flight 9W 339, which had taken off from Mumbai at 2.55 AM with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad around 3.45 AM. The Boeing 737-900 plane was parked at a remote bay and all 122 people on board safely deplaned.
The Urdu translation of the note in English was appalling and made no sense except it being an attempt to make it look like it was written by a Muslim. The letter also ended with ‘Allah is great.’
The screen shot below will conclusively establish that dangerous attempts were made to use Google Translate to have the English note appear in Urdu too so that the hijack threat appeared to have been from a Muslim organisation. Our own Google translation of the English content produced exactly the same Urdu translation.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed NIA chief YC Modi said that the agency was contemplating if it should take over the probe.
“We are in touch with the state police. A call will be taken in a day or two after the police registers its FIR,” Modi said.
The NIA, as reported by PTI, is in touch with Gujarat police and may take up the case of a Jet Airways aircraft’s emergency landing in Ahmedabad which was allegedly the result of a note found in the plane’s washroom that stated there were hijackers on board, agency’s chief Y C Modi said here today.
Senior NIA officials said the agency can take up the case only if the state police registers the case under the anti- hijacking laws.
Modi, a 1984-batch IPS officer, who took over the reins of the country’s premier anti-terror organisation — the National Investigation Agency — told a press conference that hijacking was a scheduled offence for the NIA.
Modi was part of the SIT that gave clean chit to Narendra Modi in the Gujarat holocaust that killed nearly 4,000 people, mostly Muslims.