Post Pune blast,high alert at city airport extended

The high alert at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in the city has been extended indefinitely in the wake of the recent bomb blast in Pune,the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sources said on Thursday.

Written by Shashank Shekhar | Mumbai | Published: February 19, 2010 10:25:35 pm

The high alert at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in the city has been extended indefinitely in the wake of the recent bomb blast in Pune,the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sources said on Thursday.

Though the Mumbai airport was put on high alert till January 31 due to Republic Day,the alert had been on even after that.

The CISF office in Mumbai recently received communication from its headquarters in Delhi to continue to function in high alert even post January 31,the sources said.

Security situation at the airport had become extremely sensitive after the Pune blast,a senior official told Newsline.

CISF spokesperson in New Delhi Rohit Katyar refused to comment,saying,“These are confidential matters and information is dispersed on a need-to-know basis,so we cannot comment on the matter.” However,a CISF official in the city admitted that owing to events like the Christmas Day bombing attempt in the Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the recent blast at Pune’s German Bakery have made the situation very sensitive at the airport.

The CISF has adopted measures like ladder point security checks on select flights and increased manual checking of hand baggage at the airport. The security agency has also stopped issuing passes for visitors’ entry to terminal areas on select days.

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