Mumbai cops register FIR against Hyd man for hoax hijack email

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.

The email said the woman, who claimed that she couldn't provide details of her identity, overheard the conversation while having lunch at a hotel.

The contents of the e-mail were shared by Mumbai Police with security and intelligence agencies and a meeting of all the stakeholders at these airports was subsequently convened with the input being declared specific and actionable, he said.

"The woman started insisting on the trip but Krishna had no money to book flight tickets", Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy said.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old M Vamshi Krishna, is accused of posing as a woman and emailing Mumbai Police to inform them he overheard some men plotting to hijack planes from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports on 16 April.

An email was sent to Mumbai police in the name of a woman from Hyderabad which hinted that a group of 23 people were planning a plane hijack at Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports. Security at the three airports was beefed up as a result, and investigators then traced the email's IP address and saw CCTV footage of Krishna at an internet café. The cyber police tracked the email down and arrested Vamshi.

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After being questioned, Krishna told police that he perpetrated the hoax after his girlfriend suggested that the two travel together and wouldn't take no for an answer.

Read Krishna's full email to police here.

As she continued to pester him, Krishna created a fake ticket in her name from Chennai to Mumbai and mailed it to her.

He has been arrested and a police case has been filed against him for impersonation, providing false information and also under the IT Act.

CISF Director General O P Singh had then said that the security apparatus at these airports was put on "an enhanced alert and protocols have been stepped up".

Speaking at a press conference, B. Limba Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police at the Commissioner's Task Force in Hyderabad, who led the investigation, said, "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".

  • Megan Austin