Chennai, Apr 16: The Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports have been put on high alert after the security agencies received hijack threat information on Sunday. The security at the Chennai International Airport has been tightened following the information on a hijack threat. Furthermore, the police have taken the cognizance of the matter and an investigation is underway. However, all the operations at these airports will be normal and without any hassle to passengers.
As per CNN-News18, the high alert has been sounded at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport as well. The security has been beefed up at level 2 at the Kolkata Airport.
A report in Times of India suggests that Chennai International Airport, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport are on the target of a team of 23 people. The security agencies of all these airports have also received a specific tip off about a plan to hijack aircraft. As per the information received, the hijacks will be carried out by a team of around two dozen people.
As per sources close to TOI, an email was sent by a woman who overheard 6 boys discussing a plan to simultaneously carry out hijacks from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports on Sunday.
In response to the threat, an Airport Security Coordination Committee meeting was held on Saturday following which the security agencies have put all the three airports on high alert.
Meanwhile, a confirmation on the same has been given by OP Singh, Director-General CISF. He also informed that the security agencies in these three airports have been put on high alert. As quoted by TOI, Singh said, “A number of security measures have been put in place. We have increased and strengthened the patrolling, access control. The number of security personnel deployed has been increased.”
Furthermore, since morning, special anti-sabotage sweeps are being undertaken at these airports and security agencies, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), have enhanced frisking of passengers, baggage scanning, pre-emabarkation checks and patrols in the vicinity of the airports.
A senior officer of the security team has informed that the CISF has called in its sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams for undertaking sanitisation drills at the airports whereas, the airlines have been asked to remain extra vigilant.
Meanwhile, later in the day, a foreign national was detained with a satellite phone at Uttarakhand’s Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and the investigation in the matter is underway.