Delhi Airport Put in Highest State of Alert after Terror Threat

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Security has been tightened at the Capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport after intelligence inputs warning of a possible terror attack in four states.

Intelligence agencies had warned of security threats at 22 airports in four states and Delhi. These included Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, the aviation security regulator, had also written to the police chiefs in each state, the CISF or paramilitary force which guards airports, as well as to state-run and private airlines alerting them to the security threat.

“The security at Indira Gandhi International Airport has been enhanced, keeping passenger safety in view,” a spokesperson of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAl) – the GMR-led consortium that operates the Delhi airport – said.

“Both CISF and Delhi Police are in the highest state of alert. Random vehicle and passenger checks are being carried out by the security agencies to prevent any untoward incident. All passengers are requested to extend their cooperation with the security agencies during this festive season,” the spokesperson said.

The security alerts were issued followed the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. There have been concerns that Pakistan may retaliate.

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