A 32 year old travel agent based in Hyderabad sent a letter to the Mumbai Police Commissioner threatening hijack of flights from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports. He was arrested by the Hyderabad Task Force after they traced the IP address used to send the fake threat. The man identified as Vamshi Krishna, posed as a woman and sent the email threatening hijack from an internet cafe to postpone a trip to Mumbai and Goa with his girlfriend.
Krishna, who is reported to be married and father to a child, reportedly grew close to a woman based in Chennai who demanded to go on a trip with him to Mumbai and Goa. She asked him to book her flight for April 16 to Mumbai. He was supposed to meet with her later on. With lack of funds to make the trip possible, he came up with the ingenious (albeit criminal) plan of sending a fake threat of hijack to postpone the trip.
He created a fake ticket for his girlfriend and sent it to her via email. Then to make sure that she did not go to the airport on the purported day of departure, he emailed the threat to the Mumbai Police Commissioner. Posing as a woman, he claimed that six people were going to simultaneously hijack flights leaving from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports. Subsequently, security was beefed up at all these airports following the threat. He hoped that all flights would remain grounded as per his plan.
Security arrangements were made on par with those on Independence and Republic day celebrations. The letter was read aloud for all security personnel and arrangements were made accordingly. The Hyderabad police stated only that they traced him through the IP address. They declined to give any more details in the case saying only that the probe was still on.