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Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai on hijack alert, security up

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Security has been beefed up at Hyderabad, and airports following an e-mail from a woman who warned of a possible hijack, a official said on Sunday.

In the e-mail sent to Police, the woman, who did not reveal her identity, said she heard six unidentified youths discuss hijacking three flights in Hyderabad, and on Sunday.

Police got the e-mail on Saturday and forwarded it to Airport Security Group to go on high alert, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

The woman, whose email was in broken English, said she overheard the young men at a restaurant in over lunch.

She claimed hearing the persons say that 23 people would split up from and board three flights in the three cities for hijacking.

Airport authorities, immigration and Police held a meeting after getting the e-mail. The officials were briefed about anti-hijacking steps taken during Independence Day and Republic Day, said the official.

Security was beefed up at the Hyderabad, and airports and security agencies were put on alert.

Officials said while it could be a fake alarm, they were not taking any chances. The Police is trying to get in touch with the woman who sent the email.

Police in the three cities beefed up security at the main entry points to the airports. All vehicles were thoroughly checked.

The CISF, responsible for security at 59 airports in the country, set up additional security measures and alerted its officials to be more vigilant in and around the terminals at Mumbai, and airports.

Director General O.P. Singh said passengers need not panic.

"There is no reason to panic as security measures have been put in place. All operations at these airports will be normal and passengers will not face any problem," Singh told IANS.

The has enhanced baggage scanning, pre-embarkation checks and frisking of passengers. Other airports in the country have been alerted too. The force has called in sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams.

The airlines were also told to be more vigilant.

Airlines have advised passengers to report on time and avoid last-minute check-ins. Passengers have been told to cooperate with security personnel.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, April 16 2017. 16:26 IST
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