Police in Hyderabad, India, arrested 32-year-old Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, a married man, after he allegedly faked an aircraft hijack plot to avoid going on a vacation with his online fling.
Officials say Krishna emailed Mumbai police pretending to be a woman who had just overheard a conversation among six men at a hotel, claiming they were plotting to hijack planes in the cities of Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai the next day.
Krishna’s phone call was taken seriously and additional security teams were sent to all three airports.
When police finally tracked Krishna down by tracing the IP address of the computer from which he sent the emailed tip, the man admitted to making the entire story up.
He told police his online girlfriend wanted to go on a holiday in Mumbai and Goa but that he could not afford it. When she was not happy with his response, he wanted to make it look like the airline canceled the trip in order to save their relationship.
According to HeatStreet, Krishna, a travel agent, then made a fake plane ticket and emailed it to his online girlfriend. The alert to police faking the terror plot followed.
“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,” said B. Limba Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police at the Commissioner’s Task Force in Hyderabad. “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.”
In an interview with CNN, Reddy said Krishna is married with one child. He has been arrested on four charges, including impersonation and providing false information. He could face five years in prison and a $150 fine.
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