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Mumbai Airport On High Alert

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Security agencies have sounded a high alert for Mumbai Airport following intelligence inputs that terrorist organizations could be planning to target this vital hub on December 26. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) issued the alert on Monday. Listed the steps to be taken to strengthen security like stricter access control, enhanced screening of passengers and baggage. Being on the vigil for drones and keeping close tabs on non-scheduled aircraft movement. Existing security measures have been enhanced at the city airport.

“In view of inputs received from central security agencies regarding attack at Mumbai airport on December 26 by some terrorist organisations. It is necessary to enhance existing security measures at Mumbai airpot. Learnt that they (terror outfits) have selected 22 persons to carry out coordination for said attack and cash rewards of Rs 20 lakh to each has also been announced by the terrorist organisation,” stated the alert that has been sent to the CISF, Mumbai Police and aviation authorities.

BCAS has asked these agencies to ensure “strict access control to regulate entry into terminal building, airside, all operational area and other aviation facilities.” And closely monitor operations of “non-conventional aerial platforms” like drones, microlite aircraft, paragliders and hot air balloons.

It has also directed enhanced screening of passengers and staff, including increased random screening at the main gate, while seeking the same caution with baggage. Anti-terror/sabotage measures will be strengthened and quick reaction teams will keep a hawk eye for perimeter patrolling.

The aviation security regulator has directed “intensive checking of vehicles/ persons at the approach to airport terminals/ installations and enhanced random check at the entry of terminal building, including utilisation of dog squad at entry point.” It has barred vehicle parking in front of terminal and sought intensive checking of vehicles entering parking area. Pre-embarkation security checks will be enhanced and same measures will be taken at the cargo terminal.

Compiled by – MK (Editor)

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