A person, claiming to have placed the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Mangaluru International Airport, surrendered before the police in Wednesday morning.
According to the sources, the accused, identified as Aditya Rao, arrived at DGP office in early Wednesday morning and confessed to have planted the bomb at Mangaluru airport following which he surrendered. He has now been taken to Halasurgate police station.
On Monday, a live bomb was found placed in an unattended bag near the ticket counters at the airport, creating panic. According to police, the bomb was found in the unclaimed laptop bag. The CCTV footage showed a middle aged man, dressed in formal attire and wearing a cap, placing the bag at the airport. The investigation to trace the suspect later revealed that the man was carrying another bag which he left behind at a shop before going to the airport.
The suspect, before going to the airport, had two bags with him when got on to a bus from the bus stop near State Bank of India here and alighted at Kenjar airport stop.
He went to a nearby salon and asked the staff to keep his bag there for some time, which they allowed and told him to keep it outside the salon. Then he hired an auto rickshaw with the other bag with the IED to reach the airport.
After leaving the bag in the airport premises, he went back and collected the bag from the salon. He left by the same auto rickshaw towards Kavoor, police sources said.