When Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna—a married, cash-strapped travel agent living in India—realized his online mistress really wanted to go on vacation, he couldn’t find it in his heart to say no. Instead, the 32-year-old crafted up a complex plan involving a forged plane ticket and a hijacking hoax in an effort to shut down his local airports and save his pride, CNN reports.
According to authorities, it all started last Saturday when Mumbai police received a troubling email from someone claiming to be a woman in Hyderabad, India. The woman explained that she had overheard a group of men discussing a plan to hijack planes leaving Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai on Sunday.
“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 [sic],” the email read. “There were 6 guys talking those guys are musclims, they were talking abt plane hijack tommarrow in Hyderabad chennai and Mumbai airport…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.”
Police then went into a frenzy and ramped up security at various airports, before looking into the IP address behind the anonymous email. Using CCTV footage, they saw that Krishna had used a computer with the IP address at a local internet cafe around the time the email was sent. When they went to go question him, he reportedly confessed that it was really he who had sent the email and concocted the hoax all because he couldn’t afford to take his girlfriend on vacation.
Apparently Krishna’s girlfriend, who he had met online, wouldn’t stop begging him to take a trip with her. Instead of just saying “no,” he used his experience as a travel agent to draft up a fake ticket. But to make sure she never found out the ticket was fake, he then decided to put the police on high alert and tip them off to a hijacking plan to ensure that the flights that day were canceled.
“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,” Hyderabad’s deputy police commissioner, B. Limba Reddy, said at a press conference. “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 has been charged with impersonation and making a false report, and could face up to five years in prison, as well as just a $150 fine. On top of all that, if his wife didn’t already know he had a girlfriend on the side, she probably does now.
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