Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. Photo: Flickr

The use of the word “Bomb” as shorthand for Bombay in WhatsApp messages resulted in some young travelers getting in trouble with the Mumbai Police.

According to reports, six youths were detained at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after a Vashi resident reported seeing them typing out the word on a Harbour line train on Monday evening.

The six, who were in Mumbai for sightseeing and were heading to a mosque near JJ Hospital, told police they were referring to Bombay (Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay) as “Bomb.”

The alert Vashi resident said that soon after boarding the Panvel-CST train, he noticed the six communicating in a language he didn’t understand (Malayalam), which made him curious. He then noticed that they were engaging in WhatsApp chats with a number starting with the code +97. He grew alarmed when he saw the word “Bomb’” being typed four times and informed the Kurla police station and the Kurla Railway Protection Force (RPF) after disembarking.

Since the train was already on its way to CST, the Kurla RPF relayed the message to the CST RPF. The six passengers were detained at around 4 pm by the CST RPF and the Government Railway Police (GRP), taken to Kurla first and then handed over to the Vashi GRP. They were later released.