Friday, February 16, 2018

Security beefed up around Srinagar Airport

Srinagar: Days after militants tried to barge inside a camp of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Karan Nagar here, agencies manning the Srinagar Airport have beefed up security to thwart any possible attack.
A senior police official told Greater Kashmir that Airport security is being reviewed in order to remove loopholes on time to time basis. “However, in recent past there has been an increase in militant attacks near security installations across J&K as a result of which the security around the Airport has been beefed up,” he added.
Following the Karan Nagar encounter, Indian Air Force, Airports Authority of India and various security agencies called a meeting here to discuss the future course of action. “During the meeting, it was decided that all preventive measures would be put in place to thwart a Pathankot-type fidayeen attack,” a source said.
It may be recalled that militants had barged inside an IAF station in Pathankot on January 2, 2016, leading to killing of five attackers, seven forces personnel and a civilian in the gun-battle that continued for two days.
Srinagar-based director of the Airports Authority of India, Sharad Kumar, said: “Security reviews are being done more often to ensure that there is no loophole in the arrangements.”
A senior official informed that Srinagar Airport has best security plan in place. “We follow Concourse Security Plan. Though it leads to delay and some degree of passenger inconvenience — getting down from the car to get yourself and the luggage screened and again loading it into the vehicle till the Airport gate — it is a highly secure system,” he pointed out.
15/02/18 Mukeet Akmali/Greater Kashmir