5 detained,let off after police find it was leftover material used during shooting by a film crew that had hired the Maruti Omni 3 days ago
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Delhi Police were sent into a tizzy in the early hours of Saturday when a vehicle on its way to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport was intercepted and found to be carrying gunpowder,crackers,battery clips and wires.
Acting on the profile assessment received by CISF personnel at the IGI Airport,the taxi passing by the approach road to the international terminal,T2,was stopped and the five people sitting inside were detained. During questioning,however,the officers came to know that the same Maruti Omni was earlier hired by a documentary filmmakers crew around three days ago,and the suspicious elements found in the car were used for the film shoot and left behind by the crew.
The incident occurred around 2 am when the CISF personnel stopped the van at the first check barrier of the airport and pressed sniffer dogs into action. They found about 100 grams of gunpowder,crackers,handcuffs,electric wires,switches and battery clips in the vehicle,sources said.
There is a barrier system on the approach road to the international terminal and the CISF personnel stationed there do a random selection to profile suspicious people found in the high-security area. We had prior information and the vehicle was profiled on the basis of random selection. The personnel stationed at the barrier were briefed about it beforehand, said a senior CISF official.
Among the occupants were one Allaudin,who was to board a Qatar Airways flight to Doha at 5 am,while three others Atif Ahmed,Ajmal Khan and Nihal Ahmed were going to see him off. The fifth man was the driver,Pankaj Chauhan.
The five were handed over to the Delhi Police for interrogation. During questioning,it was found that the vehicle was used for a documentary film shoot a few days ago and the gunpowder and other paraphernalia were used for a shooting sequence. The material had been lying in the van for three days, said a senior police officer.
All five people,who were from Ghaziabad,were later released.
While Allaudin missed his flight,police officers said they were only being extra vigilant.
The incident comes nearly a month after the airport experienced commotion after gunshots were reportedly heard in the early hours of December 5,triggering panic among the passengers. A white Qualis car with a Haryana registration number had purportedly jumped the queue and sped away during the intensive checking drive. The CISFs Quick Reaction Team (QRT) gave it a chase,but lost track of the vehicle after a while. Days later,the QRT was equipped with a new set of Gypsies to deal with any emergency situation.