In a major security breach at Delhi airport, a middle-aged man managed to gain entry to the airside – the area directly involved in arrival and departure of aircraft – without any authorised pass and reached the tarmac before being caught. He was found hiding in a drain near the runway and was first spotted by a patrol vehicle.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is yet to find out how the man was able to reach such a sensitive area. “He had a two-year-old entry pass, which suggests he had worked at the airport earlier. We are probing the matter and scanning CCTV footage to ascertain the sequence of events,” said a senior CISF official. An inquiry has been ordered, and according to the police the man is mentally unstable.
The incident took place on Thursday morning during peak hours. This was followed by another breach Saturday morning when a man crossed two layers of security check at the cargo terminal and was stopped at the third checkpoint, next to the airside.
In March, a 16-year-old boy had scaled the boundary wall to reach the airside.