Mentally unwell man calls cops, says building to fall soon

Ina panic like situation on Ahmedabad on Friday, a 65-year-old man called up the fire brigade and police control rooms informing them that a high-rise, Antariksh Tower at Panjrapole crossroads, was leaning dangerously and was about to collapse. The two departments acted quickly, sending large contingents of personnel and machines anticipating a calamity and huge loss of life. However, when they reached the spot, the information turned out to be fake.

While officials were relieved that no disaster was in the offing, a great deal of time and energy was spent in sorting out the matter, creating panic in the Panjrapole area of the city. More than three fire brigade vehicles with the additional chief fire officer, a deputy chief fire officer and a station officer reached there even as there was another fire raging on Ashram road. Multiple police vehicles from three police stations also reached the spot.

PCR vans patrolling the area were also dispatched on an urgent basis only to find that there was nothing wrong with the building. Speaking about the incident, Additional CFO Rajesh Bhatt said, “We took a large contingent there after the call. Ultimately, it turned out that the caller suffered from mental health issues. Police officials escorted him from the premises.”
Antariksh Tower is a 10-storeyed building with commercial outlets on the ground floor. A disaster there would have meant massive destruction and loss of lives not only in that building but also surrounding ones, said fire department officials. Officers from Satellite, Gujarat University as well as Ellis Bridge police stations reached the spot as the junction is on the boundary of the jurisdiction of all three police stations.

Finally, Satellite police escorted the senior citizen to the police station and called his relatives who reached there. The mentally ill person belongs to a rich family in Ahmedabad which figures in top 10 rich families of the city. Police said the man’s relatives informed the cops t he had a history of mental illness.

PI Pankaj Darji said, “We registered the incident and warned the family members to take care of their relative. These types of calls are not to be taken lightly. They have promised to take better care of the patient. We have also taken statements of residents of the concerned high-rise to see if there were any such concerns of it collapsing. It was not so, and the call was deemed to be a fake one.” Police withheld the name of the caller in accordance with Section 24 of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.

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