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Police sound Air India hijack alert, security beefed up at airports

Security has been stepped up at airports after intelligence agencies warned of a possible hijack attempt.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2015 12:51:43 pm
air india, hijack alert, airport security, hijack An Air India spokesman said appropriate security agencies like the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) are looking into the issue.

Central intelligence agencies have issued an alert of a possible hijack bid on a Delhi-Kabul flight, sources revealed Sunday.

After the alert was passed on to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), security has been beefed up at major airports across the country. Anti-hijacking and anti-sabotage measures have been put in place to thwart any such attempt, officials said.

“After the alert was issued by central intelligence agencies, all possible security measures are being put in place to prevent a hijack attempt. Security at all airports across the country has been increased,” a source said.

Security officials said instructions for stringent checking of passengers and baggage have been issued at major airports such as Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Airport staff are also not being spared from checks, sources said. Screening of cabin baggage post-boarding was also being carried out, they added.

The alert comes in the run-up to Republic Day celebrations and US President Barack Obama’s visit to Delhi.

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