Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Airport security boost after ‘threat’

Kolkata: Passengers flying out of Kolkata are having to undergo an extra layer of security at the entrance to the airport after Bidhannagar City Police and CISF officials beefed up measures following state intelligence inputs on unspecified threats at the airport by Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters.
Since Sunday evening, Bidhannagar Police is manning multiple checkpoints on roads leading to the airport, randomly checking cars. Security was also enhanced at the airport terminal. Officers of Central Industrial Security Force carried out random checks at the terminal before a flyer went for the security check. Bomb Disposal Squad personnel, too, are making rounds at the airport terminal with sniffer dogs as part of the intensified security measures.
Airlines are also advising flyers to reach the airport early to avoid long queues and subsequent delays.
On Sunday, a person using a Facebook profile by the name of Tariq Ahmed had threatened that CAA protesters would set fire to the airport on Tuesday. Screenshots of the threat were widely circulated on social media Kolkata Airport and Bidhannagar Police. “We had also received an intelligence alert about an unspecified attack. Hence, we didn’t take any chance,” said a senior officer of the commissionerate.
“In connection to the existing law and order situation in the state wherein protesters have been targeting central government establishments, we have heightened security measures at the airport. The measures will be in place for the next few days,” said J Mercy, the deputy commissioner (airport division) of Bidhannagar City Police.
18/12/19 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India
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