|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 17:54:43|
Plane-hijack threat prompts high alert at Indian airports
Security at India’s three major international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai has been heightened after agencies were informed about a possible hijack attempt on aircraft, press reports said Sunday.
Officials said high alert was issued to the three airports after Mumbai Police had received an e-mail last night from a woman living in there.
The e-mail mentioned that the woman overheard six boys talking about a possible aircraft-hijack attempt at these facilities, they said.
The Mumbai Police shared the e-mail with all security and intelligence agencies.
A meeting of all stakeholders at these airports was subsequently convened and the input was declared specific and actionable.
Special anti-sabotage sweeps have been undertaken at these airports since morning and security agencies have enhanced checks in and around the airports, they said.
The CISF has called in its sniffer dog squads and quick-reaction teams. Airlines have been asked to remain extra vigilant.
“However, there is no reason to panic and all the operations at these airports will be normal and without any hassle to passengers,” said a senior security officer.