Six young men visiting Mumbai ran into trouble with the police after a fellow passenger heard them uttering the word "bomb" and reported the matter. It later turned out that they were merely referring to the city by its old name, Bombay.
The boys, five from Kerala and one from Lakshwadeep, were on their way to Ratnagiri in Maharashtra to attend an Urdu language course at a madarsa there, reported the Indian Express. They were staying at a madarsa near JJ hospital in Mumbai and were to leave for Ratnagiri on 23 May.
The six boarded the local train to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and while talking among themselves in Malayalam, they used the city's old name, Bombay. One of their co-passengers who apparently just heard "bomb" got off at the Kurla station and informed the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
The RPF accosted the men when they got off at CST and handed them over to the Vashi GRP which has jurisdiction over the Panvel station, which is where they had boarded the local train.
The boys were put through several rounds of interrogation and one of them told the police that while on the train, he had received a call from Kerala and, as the line was unclear, had uttered the word "Bomb-ay" out loud.
The group was also questioned by the anti-terrorism squad and eventually allowed to leave.
Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Central Railways), Sachin Bhalode, said that the whole matter was a misunderstanding, the News Minute reported.
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