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IGI Airport on red alert after possible hijack intel

In a bid to avert a possible hijack of Air India flights after receiving intelligence alert that terrorists may target Kabul-bound Air India planes from Delhi, security was tightened at the Indira Gandhi 

International (IGI) Airport on Sunday. Intelligence Bureau on Sunday issued the alert and warned that the possible hijack could be similar to the Kandahar hijack in 1999, when terrorists comandeered Indian Airlines flight IC 814 from Indian airspace and flew it to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which looks after the airport’s internal security, has been asked to be on alert and keep a tab on the activities of every person. Besides, Delhi Police, which is in charge of security outside the airport, was also put on alert. “Security has been extended and policemen have been increased,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) MI Haider. CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh said security has been tight since the last two months. “Flights going to Afghanistan are being monitored carefully,” he said.

Meanwhile Air India spokesperson GP Rao told the media that their control room in Kolkata on Saturday received a call from an unknown person who said the Kolkata-Kabul flight will be hijacked but it later turned out to be a hoax. “We have not received any official input from intelligence agencies about a threat on Delhi-Kabul flights. But checks are on,” Rao said.
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