A 28-year-old man managed to breach a 10-feet high barbed boundary wall of the Delhi airport on Thursday night, but was nabbed by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officers before he could head towards the runway.
Sources said that CISF men posted on duty at a nearby watchtower first noticed the suspicious movements of the man and nabbed him as soon he jumped over the boundary wall.
The accused, a native of Hyderabad, is currently being interrogated by a joint team of Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB).
“Around 10:10 pm, the staff posted at watch tower 18 noticed someone trying to jump over the airport wall. He immediately informed the control room and a quick reaction team was rushed to the spot. The men in the watchtower pursued and caught the man before he could head towards the runways,” a senior CISF officer said.
Sources said the man first drew attention of the CISF men when he was at his residential complex in Mahipalpur.
The accused was apparently found loitering around in a suspicious way when the CISF men were participating in a cleanliness drive on Thursday morning. He was handed over to the police who questioned and released him.
The Delhi Police said they were checking whether the man had been detained earlier in the day or not. “He appears to be mentally unsound and is unable to recall his name. We couldn’t found any identity card on him. He does not have any injury marks on his body. A medical examination will be conducted on him and we will try to establish the sequence of events through CCTV footage,” said a senior Delhi Police official, requesting anonymity.
Sources, however, claimed that CCTV cameras installed in the part of the airport — where the breach took place — were not functional. The Perimeter Intrusion Detection System did send an alert of intrusion but the cameras couldn’t capture how exactly the man had managed to jump inside.