|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 18:09:37 | Updated : 16 Apr 2017, 19:36:28|
Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai airports on high alert
High alert has been issued to three major international airports at Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai in India as agencies were informed of a possible hijack attempt of an aircraft from these airports, according to The Hindu.
Officials said high alert has been issued to the three facilities after Mumbai Police received an e-mail on Saturday from a woman living there.
The e-mail mentions 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.
CISF Director General O.P. Singh confirmed to news agency PTI that the security apparatus at these airports has been put on “an enhanced alert and protocols have been stepped up.”
Special anti-sabotage sweeps are being undertaken at these airports since morning and security agencies, including the Central Industrial Security Force, have enhanced frisking of passengers, baggage scanning, pre-embarkation checks and patrols in the vicinity of the airports, they said.
A meeting of all stakeholders at these airports was subsequently convened and the input was declared specific and actionable, they said.
The CISF has called in its sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams for undertaking sanitisation drills at the airports, they said, adding airlines have been asked to remain extra vigilant.
(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)