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Airports on alert after hijack threat

SECURITY HAS been stepped up at airports across the country after intelligence inputs warned that Pakistan-based terrorists could hijack an aircraft to Bangladesh.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2006 16:16 IST

SECURITY HAS been stepped up at airports across the country after intelligence inputs warned that Pakistan-based terrorists could hijack an aircraft to Bangladesh.

A high alert has been sounded and emergency anti-hijacking measures and multi-layered security arrangements have put in place at all airports, official sources said.

Intelligence inputs suggested that terrorists might hijack an aircraft to seek the release of Mohammed Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death in the 2001 Parliament attack case. They said the plane could be taken to Bangladesh to avoid international focus on Pakistan.

The Central Industrial Security Force stepped up vigil and deployed additional personnel after the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security alerted them of the danger.

The alert comes exactly a month after several airports in southern cities received a threat from the Al-Qaeda that it would attack the Chennai airport with sophisticated technology as it had done in Thailand.

So this time, airports down south took no chances and beefed up security following the alert from New Delhi. In Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, the CISF and the state police beefed up security at the airport. The entry of vehicles and visitors was restricted.

The airport at Dabolim in south Goa was also put on alert. Goa has always been a possible target for terrorist attacks, airport officials said.