Monday, August 07, 2017

Mock drills at airport worry residents

Amritsar: Regular mock drills at the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport has made residents fearful, especially those residing at the airport road. They think there may be some intelligence input about threat to the city airport.
The last such drill at the airport was held three days ago. It was second exercise in the past 45 days.
The airport falls under the high security zone as it is close to the Pakistan border. In the past, this airport has been targeted by militants to hijack planes. The last such case was of an Indian Airlines Flight 814, popularly known as IC 814, hijacked from Kathmandu by terrorists of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in 1999. The plane landed at the local airport for re-fuelling.
However, airport officials say there is no threat. Since it falls under the high security zone, vigil has to be kept, they say. There is a standard operating procedure (SOP) which has been put in place in totality. Many other security measures are also initiated in this regard.
06/08/17 Neeraj Bagga/Tribune