Man Arrested for Faking Airport Hijacking threat to Avoid his Girlfriend
Police in India arrested a 32-year-old Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna on Thursday for allegedly sending a hoax email faking an airport hijacking plot to get out of going on a trip with his girlfriend.
Married Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna allegedly sent an email to authorities pretending to be a woman who overheard six men discuss their plan to hijack planes in the cities of Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai the next day.
As a result, security at these airports were beefed up, and investigators were able to track the IP address of the email and found CCTV footage of Krishna at an internet café.
"During the interrogation the accused revealed that he used to chat with his girlfriend who stays at Chennai," a statement on the Hyderabad City Police Facebook page says.
"Few days back she proposed a trip to Mumbai & Goa. As he is facing financial problems, he unable to bare expenses for their tour, he requested her to withdraw the trip proposal, but she denied his request, forced him to go to trip to Mumbai & Goa. In this process to cancel the trip, he hatched a plan to make her believe that flights have been cancelled because of High Alert at airports."
Krishna, a travel agent, also created a fake plane ticket for his girlfriend.
"He didn't have the money, but if he canceled because of that, it would have hurt his pride, and his friendship with the girl would've come to an end," B. Limba Reddy, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Hyderabad, said at a press conference. "So, his thinking was that if the flight was to be canceled and it was because of the airport, he wouldn't be at fault."
His e-mail read:
“hi sir am female here am doing this mail frim Hyderabad as i don’t want to revel my details couse am a female and scared of issues, and mailing u this couse in the after noon around 2pm while having lunch there were 6 guys talking those guys are musclims, they were talking abt plane hijack tommarrow in Hyderabad chennai and Mumbai airport they were talking very slowly but unfortunately i heard few conversations abt this, they were saying all us 23 people have to split from here and have to board flights in 3 cities and hijack them at a time. They spoke some other things also but i couls not hear them as i heard only these few sentences from them, i dont know do am i doing correct or not and they are true or not but heard this so kindly go through this and as i informed this as a duty and a citizen of india and pls dont make me to get into issues.”
CNN reports that Krishna was arrested on four charges, including impersonation and providing false information, and could spend five years in prison. Maybe next time he can fake an illness.