Bombay, July 16
A boy was arrested here for allegedly assembling a low-intensity explosive device and packing it in a courier package to claim money from insurance, police said on Saturday.
The package caught fire at the office of a courier company earlier this week, causing panic, but no one was injured in the incident, a police official said.
After the courier company alerted police, the boy who allegedly shipped it was found and detained on Friday, he said.
According to police, the boy came across an online advertisement for an insurance policy for goods damaged in transit and hatched a plan to get some easy cash.
He is said to have assembled an electrical circuit using firecrackers, an electronic drum set and a cell phone using information obtained from the Internet. The cell phone alarm was to act as a trigger.
He created fake invoices for two computer processors, a mobile phone and a memory card, with a total value of over Rs 9.8 lakh, and bought an insurance policy for these goods using the invoices .
He then packed the device in a parcel and reserved it for shipment to a fake address in Delhi.
The package was picked up from his home in the suburbs of Santacruz by an employee of the courier company. At the company’s office in the Jogeshwari area, the fire burst into flames on Tuesday evening, causing alarm and leading to a police investigation, the official said.
A case was filed under sections 285 (negligent conduct in relation to fire or combustible matter), 336 (act endangering the life or personal safety of another) and 435 (mischief by fire or substance explosive) of the Indian Penal Code.
The boy was sent to a children’s home until July 27 under the Juvenile Justice Act and further investigation is ongoing, the official said.