Man behind hijack scare gets life term

Indigo flight hijack

The chartered accountant who had triggered a mid-air hijack scare in February 2009 on a Goa-Delhi Indigo Airlines flight was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here.

The court sentenced Jitender Kumar Mohla under Section 3(1)(d) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation Act, adding that considering that lives were at stake, "what is required is zero tolerance on board".

Mohla had also been convicted last week for endangering life of others, criminal intimidation and impersonating a public servant. The jail terms for these were set off against the period spent by him behind bars since February 2, 2009.

However, the 45-year-old was acquitted for the offence under the Anti-Hijacking Act as nothing incriminating was found in his possession.

Mohla had allegedly entered the cockpit of the flight on February 1, 2009, and claimed to have hijacked the plane. He claimed links to the Kandahar hijacking and threatened to "infect" those who resisted him with needles.

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