BENGALURU : The main suspect in the Mangaluru airport bomb scare incident, Aditya Rao, on Wednesday surrendered before the Bengaluru police. Karnataka has been on a high alert since the incident which took place on Monday.

"Mangaluru city police investigation team is flying into Bengaluru shortly to investigate the developments in connection with MIA case...the team will question the suspect and will initiate further necessary legal action," P.S.Harsha, Mangaluru city police commissioner posted on Twitter.

Harsha on Tuesday had said that the Mangaluru police was making 'good progress' in the investigations.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had found a bag containing an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Mangaluru airport on Monday. Officials had said it was a low intensity IED and the main charge was missing, adding that it was probably used for reconnaissance or to create panic. The IED was defused by the bomb disposal squads.

Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders had said that it was the handiwork of radical Islamists.

The incident also led to law enforcement agencies in Mangaluru to step up security, especially as it came in the run-up to Republic Day.

“After the Mangaluru incident, it is slightly more serious and general alertness has increased," a senior police official from Karnataka had said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, tensions have been high in the communally sensitive coastal district of Mangaluru following clashes between the police and protesters against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) on 19 December.

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