High Alert at Mumbai, Chennai & Hyd Airports After Hijack Threat

A high alert has been issued after Mumbai Police received an e-mail last night from a woman living in Mumbai.

Security at three major international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai has been stepped up after agencies were informed about a possible hijack attempt of an aircraft from these facilities.

Officials said a high alert has been issued after Mumbai Police received an e-mail last night from a woman living in Mumbai. The e-mail mentions that the woman overheard six boys talking about a possible aircraft hijack attempt at these airports, they said.

Mumbai Police have shared the e-mail with all security and intelligence agencies. A meeting of all stakeholders at these airports was subsequently convened and the input was declared specific and actionable, they said.

CISF Director General OP Singh confirmed that the security apparatus at these airports has been put on "an enhanced alert and protocols have been stepped up".

Frisking and Anti-Sabotage Sweeps Enhanced

Special anti-sabotage sweeps are being undertaken at these airports since morning and security agencies, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), have enhanced frisking of passengers, baggage scanning, pre-embark checks and patrols in the vicinity of the airports.

CISF has also called in sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams for undertaking sanitisation drills at the airports, and airlines have been asked to remain extra vigilant.

Senior Officer, Airports Security TeamHowever, there is no reason to panic and all the operations at these airports will be normal and without any hassle to passengers.

Police are probing the contents of the e-mail and trying to get in touch with the sender.

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