Prior to Republic Day celebrations security beefed up at airports across the nation
By NewsX Bureau
| Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 15:01
New Delhi: Intelligence Agencies (IA) on Wednesday cautioned airport securities across the nation of possible terror attacks and hijacks prior to the Republic Day festivities.
As per the Intelligence Agencies terror organisations are planning attacks across the country. Keeping in note the tip-off by the agencies, security has been beefed up at all airports — national and international. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is the one that is responsible for providing security to such sites.
As per the airport security assessment report, a heightened threat to the air assets across the country has been received. The report also talks about the activity of international terror groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and mentions the recent hijacking attempts in Mumbai which were foiled by the security forces.
On January 9, Monday, an Interpol tip-off about a bomb on board a flight bound for Kuala Lumpur put Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on high alert. Security agencies searched three aircrafts, two Malaysia Airlines flights and one Malindo Air plane, for suspicious objects. During the check more than 400 passengers and 500 pieces of check-in baggage were put through a thorough security scrutiny.
Due to the unfolding of international events and keeping in mind the current security situation prevailing in the nation, some generic warnings were also issued to all the sensitive and extra-sensitive airports across the country.
However, Srinagar airport in Jammu and Kashmir, a hyper-sensitive airport, is guarded by the J&K police, making CISF not solely responsible for maintaining peace at the airport.