Hijack threat: Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports put on high alert

The action was taken following a meeting of airport security officials.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2017 9:54 pm
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Security was tightened at Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports on Sunday following threats of an hijack attempt, reported PTI. According to Times of India, airport security agencies received a tip-off that a team of 23 people would make simultaneous attempts to hijack aircraft departing from the three airports. Airport officials then deemed it necessary to put the airports on high alert.

On Saturday night, Mumbai Police received an e-mail from a woman mentioning that she overheard six boys talking about a possible aircraft hijack attempt at the said airports. The Mumbai Police then shared the e-mail with all security and intelligence agencies, reported PTI. The decision to strengthen security was taken at an Airport Security Committee meeting on Saturday, reported TOI. “A total of 23 people will be involved in the 3 hijacks which has been planned for Sunday,” a source told TOI.

CISF Director General O P Singh confirmed to PTI that security at these airports had been put on “an enhanced alert and protocols have been stepped up”. Special anti-sabotage sweeps were also being conducted at these airports since Sunday morning and frisking of passengers, baggage scanning, pre-emabarkation checks and patrols in the vicinity of the airports has been made more elaborate.

Along with asking airlines to be more vigilant, CISF sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams are present at the airports for the sanitisation drills. “However, there is no reason to panic and all the operations at these airports will be normal and without any hassle to passengers,” an officer who is part of airports security team told PTI.

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First Published on: April 16, 2017 11:51 am
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    Mahender.Goriganti
    Apr 16, 2017 at 10:25 pm
    This is a G PLOT BY S BUREAU(IB) to create a sensational situation and in fact to carry out a hijack using its retired IB THUGS HIRED AS CONSULTANTS AT TAX MONEY and blame it on Muslims AS A BUILDUP FOR THE 2019 ELECTIONS. BLOODY DOGS!
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      Prateik
      Apr 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm
      FKing R"SS" N A Z I BRAHMINUTWA TERRORISTS...NOW THEY HAVE TAKEN UP HIJACKING AIR CRAFTS TO PUT PRESSURE ON POOR SHIR MODIJI. BLOOD BRAHMINUTWA COWARDS!
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        Anket
        Apr 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm
        Muslim are $ of the earth. We need to gas these b@stards to death.
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          Anket
          Apr 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm
          muslims are s of the earth. We need to gas these s to death.
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            Namasivayam Chokkalingam
            Apr 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm
            It is a mystery why the non-Muslim portion of the po tion do not take enough care of all Muslims around them, even after the successful advent of ISIS.
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              Hedonist
              Apr 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm
              Terrorism is bread and butter occupation of moslems.
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                Khalid
                Apr 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm
                Lol.. what a joke... so called "boys" shouting on the streets about hijacking on streets.. It could have been 1 april joke
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                  Hedonist
                  Apr 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm
                  You can crack jokes in mardan and nanghar.FO
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                  Nitin Deolekar
                  Apr 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm
                  ISIS Terror problems are Due to BIGGEST Mistake done by pseudo secular Nehru-Ambedkar in History of India? Nehru-Ambedkar gave too many excess facilities to religious Muslims?? Even in Common Civil Code?? Now Bad need to Reverse Mr. Ambedkar Laws at Once?? To get rid of growing ISIS Muslim Hard-Core Terrorism ?? Dare to Do Apply 1-wife Act Law to Muslim brothers, who preferred not to go to Pak & remained in India.. Also Apply China Family Planning Law to Muslim brotherhood 1-family-1-wife !! At Least for next 70 years or so; there After Allow 2 !! That shall help them to prosper Like Chinese and Terrorism shall finish once for All !! In Return Gift them Reservation BC Quota!! Real needy are Muslim Women, who got affected by Wrong No-Common Civil Code done by Mr. Ambedkar-Nehru, pseudo secular congressmen?
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                    Raman Ravi
                    Apr 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                    All the Airlines should do nanga search of all Muslim women n quarantine procedure for male Muslim p enger before they're allowed to fly. Relatives of these p enger's should be tagged with GPS devices n their cellphones should be confiscated. Only then you can prevent hijacking.
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                      Common Man
                      Apr 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                      "On Sa ay night, Mumbai Police received an e-mail from a woman mentioning that she overheard six boys talking about a possible aircraft hijack attempt at the said airports." - what were intelligence agencies doing? They had no clue?
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                        Raider
                        Apr 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm
                        Stop fooling people what happen to the terrorist which entered India during 2015 Shivratri is there any news about them and what about terrorists which entered India before Republic day any news about them. Better we have to be alert about the news bills are been p ed or contracts or loans are been provided to big corporate housed by diverting people's attention from the real issues. Since the govt came into power they are just taking people for ride and it seems even opposition parties too involved in it because they are just protesting for name sake.
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                          Rauf
                          Apr 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                          New Drama of B J P Ruling Government ,,, just to attract people and get more news for Modi and lousy Shah
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                            Raj
                            Apr 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                            Ban all these muslim fanatics from earth!
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                              Gopu
                              Apr 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm
                              and also RSS terrorists
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                                NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
                                Apr 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm
                                ISIS commander: How many hijacks, how many mosque-bombings, how many September, 11s have RSS people carried out?
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