Thu, Jul 01, 2004
Airports All Over India Tighten Security
Commandos rushed into
place Wednesday at India's Indira Gandhi International Airport,
after at least two hijacking threats against flights from New Delhi
Local reports said a Jet Airways and an Indian Airlines flight
were specifically mentioned. There was, however, no hijacking.
"A quick reaction team surrounded the apron area and personnel
started full frisking of passengers," said Yogendra Nath Sharma who
runs security at IGI. The caller said he wanted to collect a reward
offered for information on terrorism. His contact number turned out
to be fake.
Those incidents highlight a security alert at airports across
India, where intelligence reports suggest terrorists would hijack
an aircraft and fly it to the Persian Gulf.
"The alert was sounded
a week ago and it continues," said Jitender Bhargava, who speaks
for both Air India and Indian Airlines, which are state-run
There have been scares at other airports in India as well.
Tuesday, a similar alert was sounded at the Karipur Airport near
Kozhikode in Kerela, after intelligence reports indicated Islamic
fundamentalists planned to stage a hijacking there.
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