A 32-year-old businessman was arrested in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad after sending an email to Mumbai police about a fake hijacking threat. The message was said to have been sent because the married father of one, identified as M Vamshi Krishna, wanted to postpone a trip with his online girlfriend.
As reported by CNN, in the email Krishna sent to authorities, he claimed he was a woman who overheard a group of six men planning to hijack flights taking off from Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai on the following day. As a result, the Mumbai police alerted airport security agencies who, in turn, ramped up security efforts.
As part of the investigation into the incident, authorities traced the IP address from which the email originated, identifying the location as the E Netzone internet café in Hyderabad and bringing the list of potential senders to eight individuals. Once CCTV footage was reviewed, Krishna became the prime suspect.
Police stated that Krishna confessed to creating the email while being questioned. He admitted to having an online girlfriend who lived in the city of Chennai. She wanted to take a trip with Krishna to further their relationship, but he didn’t have the funds necessary to finance the vacation. As reported by The India Times, a task force official said, “She pestered Vamshi to book a flight for her to Mumbai.”
In response to the pressure, Krishna, a travel agent, crafted a fake airline ticket for his girlfriend and sent it to her the day before the supposedly scheduled flight. Then, he created a fake email address and sent the email to authorities.
A police official said, “Vamshi wanted to ensure that his girlfriend would not go to the airport.”
The Deputy Commissioner of Police at the Commissioner’s Task Force in Hyderabad, B. Limba Reddy, said during a press conference, “[Krishna] 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. 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.”
Krishna was arrested on four charges including providing false information and impersonation. If found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine equal to $150.