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After Karachi attack, security tightened at Amritsar airport

Aseem Bassi , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, June 11, 2014
First Published: 08:25 IST(11/6/2014) | Last Updated: 08:27 IST(11/6/2014)

After the terrorist attack at the Karachi airport, security has been tightened at the local Sri Guru Ram Das Ji Inter national Airport and the authorities have sounded an alert in the area.

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With an aim to aver t any untoward i nci dent, t he ai rport authorities have not only strengthened the security deployment but also re-arranged the security structure at this vital point in the city.

Talking to HT, airport director Suneel Dutt said, “Following the terror attack at the Karachi airport, we received instructions and accordingly, the measures have been taken and security has been beefed up”.
The director infor med that after instructions from the Bureau of Civil Aviation, enhancement of security has been done at some duty points and certain things have also been re-arranged.

The security set up has been reviewed after the attack on the Karachi airport and a close watch is being kept on the happenings in the area, he added.

The Central Industrial Security Force looks after the security of this airport and the personnel of this paramilitary force keep an eye on the operations of both domestic as well as international flights.

The airport director also infor med that the security at the main gate and the entry points of the airport has been enhanced. After the alert, it is being ensured that the vehicles entering into the airport area were thoroughly checked.

Meanwhile, the heightened security was visible outside the ter minal on Tuesday. Troops were apparently on the alert outside both the ar rival and departure terminals.

Sources claimed that any person about whom security personnel have some suspicion is being questioned. Various security agencies are on the job and keeping a close vigil in the area to avert any misadventure by anti-social elements.

The Amritsar international airport is considered to be sensitive as it is situated close to Indo-Pak border. In 1999, the IC 814 Indian Airlines flight, which was hijacked by terrorists from Kathmandu to Kandahar, was also brought to the Amritsar airport before it was taken to Kandahar via Lahore and Dubai.

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