Diamond trader Birju Kishor Salla, 38 from Mumbai, was arrested and charged with posing a threat to the safety of passengers and crew on a Jet Airways flight in 2017

Businessman who forced an Indian passenger plane to make an emergency landing by leaving a note that allegedly had bombs aboard, was thrown in prison for life and demanded a $ 1 million fine

  • Diamond trader Birju Kishor Salla left the fake bomb and the plane hijacking threat
  • The Indian businessman, 38, from Mumbai, wrote that the plane would not land
  • He was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined $ 1 million for leaving the note

An Indian businessman was imprisoned for life and was fined $ 1 million after forcing an airplane to make an emergency landing by leaving a note on the toilet and claiming bombs and hijackers were on board.

Diamond trader Birju Kishor Salla, 38 from Mumbai, was arrested and charged with posing a threat to the safety of passengers and crew on a Jet Airways flight in 2017.

The plane traveled from Mumbai to New Delhi and Salla left the note on a tissue box, where it was discovered by a female flight attendant.

Salla was free from the flight, but the authorities traced the note to him last year and he was accused of attempting to seize control of an aircraft and make threats.

Diamond trader Birju Kishor Salla, 38 from Mumbai, was arrested and charged with posing a threat to the safety of passengers and crew on a Jet Airways flight in 2017

Diamond trader Birju Kishor Salla, 38 from Mumbai, was arrested and charged with posing a threat to the safety of passengers and crew on a Jet Airways flight in 2017

India & # 39; s National Investigation Agency (NIA) said in a statement: & # 39; A female flight attendant found a threat note in the washroom of the business class of the aircraft stating that & # 39; There are hijackers on board and explosives on the plane & # 39 ;. & # 39;

In the memorandum, Salla wrote: & # 39; Flight No. 9W 339 is covered by hijackers and planes cannot be lands and are flown directly to POK. & # 39;

POK refers to the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region, a source of tension between India and its neighbors.

The captain of the plane Jay Jariwala was shown the note and his & # 39; face tighter & # 39 ;.

However, he was able to make a safe emergency landing & # 39; without causing panic among the passengers & # 39 ;.

He later said: & # 39; Such an incident had never happened to me.

& # 39; There are guidelines that we must follow if an incident occurs with the safety of the aircraft, passengers and crew. We have just followed procedures.

& # 39; We could not let the passengers know what the specific threat was. We only announced that we were relocating to Ahmedabad for security reasons. & # 39;

Salla was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined for 50 million rupees for the crime, in a case registered shortly after the introduction of an anti-hijacking law in India.

The law imposed much stronger penalties for hijacking as well as attempted or threatened hijacking, including the death penalty.

The NIA said the money would be given to the crew and passengers as compensation for their & # 39; misery & # 39 ;.

An official told the Times of India: & Although Salla did not actually commit the hijacking, he intentionally planted a letter threatening that 12 hijackers, including himself, were on board and that there were explosives in the cargo zone as a hijacking threat and attempt.

& # 39; He disguised himself as a hijacker. The conviction and life imprisonment should be a major deterrent to those who indulge in such hijacking fear. & # 39;

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