Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports put on hijack alert
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 16, Apr 2017, 12:22 pm IST | UPDATED: 17, Apr 2017, 16:42 pm IST
Terrorists may attempt to simultaneously highjack flights departing from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports on Sunday, according to specific information received by airport security agencies, the Times of India reported on Sunday. All three airports have been put on high alert.
According to the report, the hijackings are to be carried out by a team of 23 people.
Furthermore, according to India Today, Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has also received a bomb threat.
The national daily quoted a source as saying: "An email was sent by a woman who overheard 6 boys discussing a plan to simultaneously carry out hijacks from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports... A total of 23 people will be involved in the 3 hijacks which have been planned for Sunday."
An Airport Security Coordination Committee meeting was held on Saturday in response to the threat. It would be prudent for passengers who plan to board flights from these three airports to check-in on time and avoid last-minute delays.
According to the report, O P Singh, director-general of the Central Industrial Security Force, has confirmed that these airports have been put on high alert.
"A number of security measures have been put in place. We have increased and strengthened the patrolling, access control. The number of security personnel deployed has been increased," Singh said.
The airport security agencies have also cordinated with the city police and other forces. Mumbai already has a city counter terrorism contingency plan, but in Hyderabad and Chennai it's currently being put in place.