Monday, November 12, 2018

Security tightened at VIP lounge in city airport

Visakhapatnam: Officials of the Visakhapatnam International Airport have stepped up vigil at the VIP lounge to prevent possible attacks on the VIPs from the private staff working at the restaurants on the airport premises.

The heightened vigil comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Leader of the Opposition and YSR Congress Party president, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, at the VIP lounge of the airport recently. Mr. Jagan was in the lounge when the accused, J. Srinivasa Rao, brought him tea and sought permission to take a selfie. Even before Mr. Jagan could realise what was happening, Srinivasa Rao took out a knife that is used in rooster fights from his pocket and attacked him, injuring him on his left shoulder. The attack has raised serious questions on security, particularly VIP security, at the airport.
The incident has also triggered a debate on who is responsible for VIP security at the airport – the CISF, which is vested with the overall security at the airport, or the State police, which provides security to the VIPs as part of protocol duty.

“VIPs seek privacy and this could be the reason for lounges meant for them at the airports, manned by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), having no CC cameras. A decision was taken on the evening of the attack not to allow private restaurant staff into the VIP lounge and, instead, utilise the services of the AAI-designated housekeeping staff,” Airport Director G. Prakash Reddy told The Hindu.
12/11/18 B. Madhu Gopal/The Hindu