Mumbai: Teenager claims insurance as package explodes | Bombay News
MUMBAI: A teenager has been arrested by police after he conspired to claim insurance by designing a device that would self-destruct while being transported by courier.
The boy told the police he watched YouTube Tutorials to learn how to make the device.
On July 12, workers were sorting parcels in the warehouse of a courier company in Jogeshwari (E). Suddenly a plot exploded and ignited. No one suffered serious injuries. The courier company contacted the police the following day.
When the police visited the warehouse, they were stunned to find the contents of the burnt package. There were firecrackers, a cell phone and an electric circuit with batteries. Jogeswari Police recorded an FIR. Investigators asked the courier company for the sender’s address. The sender was from Santacruz (E) and turned out to be a minor.
“The boy told us that two months ago he saw an advertisement for an insurance company online. Through the advertisement, he learned that if an item is damaged during shipment/in transit, the insurance company would pay the owner his original cost and an additional 10% in compensation. The boy came up with a plan to make some quick money,” the police officer said.
He bought two computer processors, mobile phones and memory cards, and prepared a fake purchase invoice of Rs9.8 lakh. He kept the bill in a box in which he created an electric circuit using batteries. A cell phone was placed next to it. Once an alarm on the phone sounded, the device would go up in flames. He marked the package at a fake address in New Delhi.
According to his plan, the device exploded while being handled by workers. But the teenager hadn’t imagined that the courier company would approach the cops. He was arrested by Jogeshwari Police and sent to Dongri Observation House.