Friday, March 08, 2019

From next week, six armoured cars to cover IGI security

New Delhi: IGI will soon become the first airport in the country to have bullet-resistant vehicles on its premises. Equipped with state-of-the-art weapons, the deployment of these vehicles is aimed at countering vehicular and lone-wolf attackers in and around the airport. These will be handed over to CISF’s quick-reaction teams, trained to be first responders to a crisis situation. Six such vehicles will be stationed at the airport from March 15.

An official said each unit would cost between Rs 25 and 40 lakh and have a light machine gun mounted on it. These vehicles will be bomb-resistant and deployed with specifically trained staff at locations prone to attacks. Officials said, currently, there are no bulletproof vehicles at any of the Indian airports.

IGI is one of the most hyper-sensitive airports in India. Amid renewed cross-border tensions, it was put on high alert recently.
08/03/19 Pankhuri Yadav/Times of India