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‘Bombile’ hoax scare
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Sep. 2010 12:36 AM IST
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After reports of ‘bombile’ in Assam that mobile phones were suddenly exploding and causing the user to become unconscious, a similar case was reported in Dimapur on Monday and the victim admitted at Civil Hospital Dimapur. Making a mountain out of a molehill of this report, rumour quickly spread in the entire state that a student of Ram Janaki Higher Secondary School Dimapur died after receiving a call from an unknown number. Adding fuel to the fire, another SMS did rounds warning that 10,000 mobile phones in Northeast would blast after 11 pm Tuesday.
After proper verification on the ‘bombile’ related case, it was found out that a labourer from Suhoi village of Kuhuboto area under Niuland sub-division, Dimapur had reportedly taken ill after he received a call from unknown number on September 21 and admitted to Civil Hospital Dimapur Monday. The victim identified as Muhammad Al-uddin (26) said he felt strong vibration similar to electric shock all over his body especially in the ear area after receiving a call from an unknown number, which he remembered only the last three digits “904” appearing on his Nokia handset 1209. While Muhammad was trying to take away the phone generating strong mobile vibration, from his ear, his wife came to his rescue but both fell on the floor due to the strong effect of the vibration. The victim said he first received seven calls from the same number appearing in black on that day and on receiving the eight call from the number, the voice from the other end told him, “Eat what you want to eat.” Soon after, the victim felt the strong vibration leaving him numb with unbearable pain in the head and chest. Muhammad revealed that he had received several calls from various numbers on that day and complained of nausea, splitting headache and burning sensation all over the body. Though the wife did not complain of any health complications after the incident, the husband continued to complain of several illnesses. The case was brought to the notice of the police who verified the case at the Dimapur Civil Hospital on Monday. However, no case was registered in this connection so far.
When contacted Dimapur Civil Hospital, Dr. Temsu said that the patient was apparently in good condition and had not detected any complication so far. He added that more diagnoses would be done on the patient by the hospital authority since his claims coincided with various rumours doing through mobile phones.

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