Hoax Bomb

Chief Secretary of Telangana government IAS officer S.P. Singh reviews preparations at the Taj Falaknuma, a palace hotel in Hyderabad Nov. 25, 2017. A hoax bomb threat at the palace was called in during a dinner Prime Minister Modi was hosting for Trump and other dignitaries in attendance at the GES Nov. 28. (IANS photo)

HYDERABAD — Hyderabad police Nov. 29 said they arrested a mentally unstable man who made a hoax call about bomb planted in Falaknuma Palace when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump were attending a dinner Nov. 28.

The call was made to 108-EMRI, an emergency helpline number and they alerted police.

A police officer said they did not panic and did basic verification.

As the prime minister, Trump, the Telangana governor and chief minister, and several other important personalities and delegates of Global Entrepreneurship Summit were attending the dinner at the palace hotel, the city police acted cautiously.

Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana said the man – who was speaking in an incoherent manner – was traced. He was identified as 60-year-old Bontha Yellaiah, a stone cutter, and was described as "insane" by police.

The police officer said Yellaiah, a resident of Moula Ali of Racha Konda Commissionerate on the city outskirts, was suffering from an acute mental disorder. He was later sent to a psychiatric institution.

The deputy commissioner of police said that because the entire Falaknuma Palace had been meticulously checked every day for the last three days and was being monitored by police with 150 closed-circuit cameras, they did not panic.

While the police were taking care of the security in and around the palace, the inner layers of security were handled by U.S. security agencies and a special protection group.

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