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School teacher threatens to blow up Bombay Stock Exchange

Rahul Sonar, who also deals in shares, has been arrested by the police for allegedly threatening, through an e-mail, to blow up the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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JALGAON: A primary teacher with Zilla Parishad school -- who also deals in shares -- has been arrested by the local police for allegedly threatening, through an e-mail, to blow up Bombay Stock Exchange, police said here on Sunday.

Upon questioning, Rahul Omkar Sonar (28), resident of Varangaon in Jalgaon district, who sent the alleged e-mail to BSE on Friday, disclosed that the purpose behind it was to create panic in the stock market, whereby share prices would have crashed, ACP Bhusaval G V Khan.

Apparently, Sonar's plan was to buy shares at low prices after market-crash and to sell them off for huge profit once normalcy was restored.

When BSE officials received the email, they approached Mumbai police, who in turn alerted Jalgaon police. Sonar was "detained for questioning" on Saturday after the mail was traced to him, Khan said. The mail said "Abu Salem ki giraftari ki yeh pehli salami hain. Hamara manavi bomb waha pahunch chuka hain" (this is first salutations to you for arrest of Abu Salem. Our human bomb has already reached there).

Sonar told the police that he connected the threat to blow up BSE to Abu Salem because "it would scare a large number of people since Salem is currently a hot issue". Otherwise, said ACP Khan, there seems to be no link between Sonar and Salem, neither Sonar has any past police record.

ACP Khan also said that a team of Mumbai police has now left for Jalgaon to conduct further inquiry.

(With Agencies)

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