Anonymous email to Cochin Shipyard threatens to blow up INS Vikrant, FIR lodged

Kochi: The Cochin Shipyard received an anonymous email on Monday threatening to bomb INS Vikrant, the indigenous aircraft carrier under construction at the yard here.

Taking serious note of the matter, the Ernakulam South Police has registered a case under IT-Act 385.

It is learned that various Central agencies too have begun a preliminary investigation. Officials are probing whether there is a terrorism angle to the incident.

Sources at the Shipyard said they are cooperating with the investigation.

In July, an Afghan national, Eid Gul, was arrested for allegedly working at the strategically important shipyard even after his visa had expired.

A special team comprising the Ernakulam South police had arrested Gul from Kolkata, where had gone into hiding.

Earlier, in 2019, two workers engaged in painting activities at the site had sneaked away with critical electronic components installed onboard the aircraft carrier.

The two - Sumit Kumar Singh (23) of Munger district in Bihar and Daya Ram (22) of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan - were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) shortly after.

The NIA had taken over the probe following national security concerns since sensitive information was stored in these hard disks.

The disks were finally recovered.

The INS Vikrant, the first aircraft carrier to be built in India, is in the final stages. The sea trials were done last month, 12 years after the keel was laid - in February 2009.

The total cost of the project was approximately Rs 23,000 crore at the time of the first sea trials.

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