Monday, April 17, 2017

High alert at Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports after hijack threat

Three international airports at Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai were put on high alert on Sunday after the Mumbai police received an e-mail on Saturday night about a possible hijack attempt at these airports.

“An e-mail was received from an unidentified woman from Hyderabad, that claimed that a group of 23 people were going to hijack aircraft from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports. Special airport security committee meetings were held at airports and all concerned were alerted for strengthening preventive measures outlined by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS),” a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official said.

Senior police officials told The Hindu that the e-mail sent from was received by Mumbai police’s DCP-operations, Ashok Dudhe. “The unidentified woman wrote that what she had heard could be true or untrue, but she chose to inform the authorities as she felt it was her duty to do so as a citizen. The e-mail ended with a line that read, “Don’t try to find me because you won’t be able to,” a senior officer said.
16/04/17 Somesh Jha & T Madhavan/The Hindu