Gujarat-based bizman arrested at Grand Forks airport; Sushma Swaraj seeks report

GRAND FORKS:  A bomb threat prompted officials to evacuate the Grand Forks International Airport early Saturday morning, January 28.

Grand Forks officers responded at 5:14 a.m. to the airport after a traveler told a ticket agent there was a bomb in his bag, according to a news release. The suspect, who was taken into custody there without incident, was identified as Paraman Radhakishan, 53, a businessman from Gujarat, India.

Operations were suspended while the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad “evaluated the validity of the threat.” Officers did not find a bomb or threatening devices and the airport resumed normal operations.

It’s unclear why Radhakishan is accused of making the threat, though he was set to get on a flight from Grand Forks to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to police.

Radhakishan faces terrorizing charges and was booked at the Grand Forks Correctional Center.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian Ambassador in the US on the arrest of a Baroda-based businessman. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel also sought Swaraj’s intervention for the release of Radhakrishnan.

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