New Delhi: Following a hijack alert that a civilian airport could be being targeted in 48 hours, security has been beefed up at the Delhi airport, a daily reported. Meanwhile, commandoes have been deployed around the tarmac while spotters and snipers have been put on watchtowers.

Officials told the newspaper that the airside was also completely monitored, while assuring that there was no need to panic. To avoid taking any risk, all vehicles entering air side are being scanned.

“The threat was received from a northeastern state following which civilian airports, listed as hyper-sensitive airports, were put on high alert. We have stepped up deployment around the runway and taxiways. Our quick reaction teams increased frequency of patrolling. Our men are patrolling the airport boundary so that intrusions can be stopped,” Hindustan Times quoted an official.

Earlier, a similar threat was sounded at Air India’s control room in Mumbai.

Notably, Western Railway has stepped up security across its network in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh following intelligence inputs on the possibility of another terror attack. Further, all the security agencies have been asked to keep a strict vigil on long-distance trains, especially the ones going and coming from Jammu. A high alert has also been sounded on all the Western Railway stations. (Read the full story here)