The Hyderabad Police Task Force has arrested a person for sending a hoax e-mail to Mumbai police about a possible aircraft hijack threat. Due to the mail, security was stepped up at Hyderabad and Mumbai airports earlier this week.
The reason for this hoax e-mail is quite strange. The man told the police he sent the mail to cancel a pleasure trip with his girlfriend.
According to police, the accused Vamshi Krishna, a transport agent was facing financial problems, so he wanted to cancel his trip to Mumbai and Goa with his girlfriend.
But this caused terror in the Indian security establishment. The security at international airports in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad was alerted on April 16 after the police forces of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and the CISF were informed about a possible aircraft hijack attempt.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Task Force) B Limba Reddy told PTI, “Vamshi Krishna has been arrested for sending the hoax mail to Mumbai Police Commissioner about the aircraft hijack threat. Some incriminating material has been seized from his possession.”
A task force team with the help of cyber experts traced the IP address to a local cafe in SR Nagar area, Hyderabad and this led to the arrest of Krishna.
Reddy asserted that Krishna’s girlfriend lived in Chennai and she proposed a trip to Mumbai and Goa. He requested his girlfriend to cancel the trip but she didn’t agree. “As he was facing financial problems, he hatched this plan to make her believe that flights have been cancelled because of high alert at the airports.”
Police investigation disclosed he was an accused in two cyber cases earlier as well. A case has been filed under 66D of IT Act and Sections 419 and 182 of IPC.
The e-mail said a lady overhearing six boys discuss a simultaneous hijack plan in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. The “woman” wrote in the e-mail that what she heard could be true or not but she thought it was her duty to inform police as a citizen.
CISF Director General O P Singh stated, “The e-mail could eventually turn out be a hoax but till investigations conclude all security drills to thwart a hijack like scenario are being carried out at the three airports.”
The Hyderabad Police Task Force has seized incriminating material from Krishna.
After Mumbai police received this mail, the security agencies were requested to take all necessary measures which are similar to those taken during Independence Day and Republic Day.