Sunday, 4 January 2015

Intel alert on 'Kandahar-style' hijack bid, security upped at Delhi and other airports..........

Security was tightened at Delhi and other airports across the country on Sunday following an intelligence agency alert of a possible hijack attempt, TV reports said.
CNN-IBN quoting sources reported that the Intelligence Bureau ( IB) has warned that militants may try to hijack the Delhi-Kabul Air India flight.
The hijack bid could be similar to the one in 1999, in which terrorists hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC 814 and took it to Kandahar, according to the intel input.
Following the alert,  security checks at Delhi's  Indira Gandhi International airport have been increased and a unit of the National Security Guards posted there.
Authorities have also put in place multi-level checking at the airport, and even staff members are being screened thoroughly.
The ground staff has been asked to check all cabin baggage once boarding is completed.
The alert comes a day after Air India's Kolkata office received an anonymous phone call informing that an Air India plane would be hijacked.

A senior Kolkata police official told PTI it was a brief call in Bengali, and that it did not specify which flight would be targeted.