Mumbai: International airports of Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have been put on high alert following threats of a hijack attempt on Saunday.
A full anti-hijack drill has been started and the National Security Guards have been kept on stand-by at the three busiest airports of the country.
According to the officials, the alert was issued after a woman sent an email to a senior police officer in Mumbai on Saturday last. The woman had written that she had overheard six men at a restaurant, discussing simultaneous hijack of flights from these airports. The plan was to be executed on Sunday (April 16), she wrote.
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- As soon as the Mumbai police read the mail, it alerted the Central Industrial Security Force or CISF, which is in charge of security at the country’s airports.
- Counter-terrorism teams have also been put in place, which have increased vigilance at entry gates and parking lots.
- The CISF has also called in its sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams for sanitisation drills.
- Airlines have been asked to remain extra vigilant.
- Airlines have advised passengers to avoid last-minute check-ins. Passengers have also been advised to cooperate with the security personnel at the airports.
- Anti-hijack drills were held at airports and communication lines with the police and security agencies were also checked.
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