A man was arrested for sending police an email about a fabricated hijacking plot while trying to avoid going on a trip with his girlfriend.
Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, 32, who is married and has a child, tried to avoid going on a vacation with his online girlfriend by posing as a woman and emailing police to tell them that he had heard six men plotting to hijack planes, CNN reports.
"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 Deputy Commissioner of Police B. Limba Reddy. "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."
During questioning, the man admitted that his girlfriend wanted to go on a vacation with him, but he couldn't afford it. Krishna, a travel agent, printed a fake ticket for the girlfriend, and invented a scheme to have the flight canceled by making up a hijacking plot.
"She pestered Vamshi to book a flight for her to Mumbai on April 16 and asked him to meet her there," said a task force official according to The Times of India.
"Vamshi wanted to ensure that his girlfriend would not go to the airport," a police official said.
"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," read Krishna's email to authorities. "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," wrote the fictional witness.
In response to the email, police increased security at the airports in Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai, India.
"A number of security measures have been put in place. We have increased and strengthened the patrolling, access control. The number of security personnel deployed has been increased," said Director-General for CISF O.P. Singh after authorities received the email.
Police traced the IP address that the email had been sent from back to an internet cafe in Hyderabad, and were able to determine from video surveillance that Krishna had sent the email.
Krishna has been arrested on charges including impersonation and providing false information, and could face five years in prison and a $150 fine.