A medical student of Kashmiri origin was detained at the Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi on Friday after security staff claimed they saw “carrying bomb” written on her check-in luggage.
The girl, a resident of Rajbagh in Srinagar, was questioned by the police after the airport security raised alarm about her luggage.
The girl and her three friends, were travelling to Srinagar from Dhaka, via Kolkata and New Delhi. She landed at the IGI airport at about 11 am on Friday.
Security agencies carried out background checks at Bangladesh and Srinagar. The girl was released after everything checked out, the police said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh to look into the issue.
“@HMOIndia @PMOIndia kindly look into the matter of the detention of two Kashmiri girls at Delhi airport. Their parents are very concerned.” he tweeted.
“@HMOIndia @PMOIndia Any assistance and information will be greatly appreciated by their families & loved ones. Thank you in anticipation,” Omar tweeted.
“@HMOIndia @PMOIndia The grounds, as explained to me seem rather flimsy given that they flew from Dhaka to Delhi via Kolkata & then detained,” he said in another tweet.
The home minister responded with, “@abdullah_omar please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“There were four girls who were returning from Bangladesh. They flew from Dhaka to Kolkata and then to Delhi. Their luggage was checked and cleared at all the airports,” Bilal Ahmad, father of one of the girls, said in Srinagar.
“After they were detained, the airport authorities or the police did not inform their families. We fear for their safety. We have only talked to them once so far,” he said.
Her friends decided not to board the flight to Srinagar and waited till she was released.
“Delhi Police released her after a few hours of questioning. However, between all this, the girls missed their connecting flight to Srinagar from Delhi and will now take a flight tomorrow,” the official said.