Indian man emails hoax hijack threat to avoid trip with girlfriend: police
Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, 32, is shown in this police photo. (Hyderabad City Police / Facebook)
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 10:44AM EDT
Well, that’s one way of avoiding an awkward situation.
Police in India have arrested a man who they say emailed a hoax hijacking plot in an effort to avoid a trip with his mistress.
Police in the southern India city of Hyderabad said, in a statement posted on Facebook, that Mumbai police received an email on April 15, from someone claiming to be a woman. The sender described overhearing six men chatting in a hotel, hashing out a plan to hijack flights from Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai the next day.
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Mumbai police subsequently notified airport security agencies to be on heightened alert. In response, authorities said security at the airports was increased.
Police said the email originated from Hyderabad, and given the seriousness of a possible threat, their task force was instructed to “check the veracity of the mail.”
Police traced it to an internet cafe and, using surveillance footage from the area, were able to identify the accused.
On Thursday, police arrested Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna.
Police say that, during questioning, Krishna confessed that he “hatched a plan” to make his girlfriend believe flights were cancelled due to high level threats. His aim, they say, was to avoid going with her on a trip to Mumbai and Goa that he said he couldn’t afford, but she didn’t want to cancel.
That’s when police say Krishna emailed the hoax threat to police.
According to an NDTV report, Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, 32, is facing four charges including impersonation and providing false information.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.