Sunday, 4 January 2015

Commandos patrol airport after hijack threat to Air India Delhi-Kabul flight...........

A Kolkata man has been arrested for making a hijacking threat call to Air India, even as the Delhi airport was been set on high alert following intelligence agency inputs about a hijack threat on an Air India Delhi - Kabul flight.
According to a report in the Times of India, following the 'specific' input in Delhi, "stringent checks of even the staff members have been instructed".
"The threat perception is based on messages that surfaced earlier, indicating that both Islamic State militants and the Taliban may choose to target India", NDTV said, quoting sources.
"Security around all the airports have been strengthened and we have taken all the measures that are required in the wake of the alert from intelligence agencies," official sources toldPTI.
The Times of India report details some security measures. The report says ground staff has been asked to thoroughly check all cabin baggage once the passengers boarded, that commandos will patrol the adjoining areas of the airport with LMG-mounted vehicles, the number of flight marshals have also been increased and cabin crew have been asked to look out for problem elements.
Meanwhile amidst the tense situation in Delhi, Kolkata also saw its fair share of drama, after one person was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police for allegedly making a threat call to the city office of Air India, said PTI.
Prasanta Biswas (35), a resident of Bongaon, was arrested for making the call to Air India's city office on Saturday and he is presently being interrogated, city police sources said.
A special team which comprises officers of the STF and the detective department were tracking the number from which the call was made to the national carrier's city office, a senior police officer had earlier said.
Meanwhile, security was beefed up at the NSC Bose International Airport.
Airport officials said policemen were keeping a close vigil on the airport's taxi stand and nearby areas.