Friday, October 7, 2016

Airports in border states, Delhi, Hyderabad put on high alert

Indian security establishment continues to be vigil following cross-LoC surgical strikes by the Indian army in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) with latest alerts being issued to civil airports in western states and important ones like those in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

Intelligence agencies fear retaliation by terrorists after the surgical strikes and 22 airports have been put on a high alert as part of the heightened security arrangements.

Airports in border states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat as well as that in Metros have been marked for careful vigil. 

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has written to the police chiefs in each state, CISF which guards airports, as well as to state-run and private airlines to alert them of the security threat.

Airports in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru have been asked to step up vigil and security to tackle any attack or sabotage. 

"Security measures at vital airports have been stepped up....put on a high alert," CISF Director General O P Singh told PTI. 

Officials said a decision in this regard was notified by the BCAS following which the airports, especially hyper-sensitive ones like those in Mumbai and Delhi, were put on alert.

They said the Central Industrial Security Force chief had also reviewed airport security during a recent meeting with his top officials posted at all the sensitive airports. 

"While a general review was done for all airports, some specific facilities were asked to be extra-vigilant," they said, without elaborating. 

Counter-sabotage teams, bomb squads and commando teams have been asked to be extra-vigilant to thwart any possible terror strikes, sources said.

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