Saturday, November 02, 2019

Unattended bag that created panic at Delhi airport claimed by passenger, contains chocolates, toys

An unattended bag triggered panic on Friday at the Delhi airport on the suspicion of containing RDX, but officials later said it has been claimed by a passenger who had forgotten it outside the Terminal-3.

It is almost certain that the bag does not have the explosive and it will be opened in the presence of the claimant, they said.

Shahid Hussain contacted airport authorities after over 16 hours of allegedly losing his bag. He said he had forgotten it outside the Indira Gandhi International airport's Terminal-3 after he arrived from Mumbai, Maharashtra on a SpiceJet plane, sources said.

The man, the sources said, told a joint investigation team of security officials that the bag contained a laptop, among other items.

The bag also contained chocolate, clothes, earrings, charger, toys, etc.

He has been taken to the isolated area where the black coloured trolley bag has been kept inside a total containment vessel (TCV) or a thick metal sheeted bomb defusing container.
The entire security paraphernalia at the sensitive airport went into a tizzy after initial inputs suggested that the bag could be holding RDX.

What added to the suspicion was that the place where the bag was spotted was in a "dark zone" outside the arrival terminal, where there is little CCTV coverage.

The bag was detected around 1 am by a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) staffer and has been since kept in an isolated zone with a joint of CISF, the bomb experts of the National Security Guard and forensics keeping it under observation.
01/11/19 India Today
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