You just have to wonder what the hell they must have been thinking:
Two Indian-American brothers, living in New York, made a hoax bomb call to the airport officials in a bid to prevent their sister from boarding a flight out of the city.
Authorities said Amandeep Singh, 24, and Gurpreet Singh, 26, were arrested last month on charges of telephoning airport officials and saying that terrorists had planted a bomb in the plane.
The bomb threat call was made with an intension to prevent their sister from taking off to a different US city in an attempt to marry her boyfriend, who is also an Indian immigrant. The brothers wanted the sister to marry to a doctor. [Link]
If I felt any sympathy at all for these two I lost it when I read that last sentence. However, their plan actually worked! For like a day.
Though their sister was unable to leave the city at that time, she has now married her boyfriend, according to news reports.
So what kind of unsuitable boy did the sister end up marrying then? A lawyer, a finance-type guy, an astrobiologist?
Sources said that Singh’s parents “went berserk” when their 30-year-old daughter announced she was going to marry a gas station owner.
The enraged parents set up an arranged marriage for the woman with a doctor in India, the sources said. [Link]
Ouch. There isn’t a more perfect storm I can think of that could cause Indian parents to go “berserk.”
Federal agents monitoring movement of tickets at MacArthur spotted the cancellation, and headed to Queens to question the sister. She led them to her brothers – and to other family members involved in the threat, the sources said.
The brothers face up to a year in prison if convicted of the current charges. The men, who have been in the U.S. for more than 15 years, could also face additional charges by the federal government. [Link]