Thursday, October 22, 2020

Goa: Delhi man claims terrorists on board Air India flight, sparks scare

Panaji: A 30-year old man with a history of mental illness gave passengers aboard Air India’s Delhi Goa flight a mid-air scare after he began to act strangely and claimed that there were terrorists on the flight. The passenger, identified as Zia Ul Haq, was apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) when the flight landed at Goa International Airport and was handed over to Goa Police.

While flight AI 883 was enroute to Goa, around 3:15pm, the man started behaving strangely and creating a commotion on the flight. According to the complaint filed by Air India’s cabin crew, Haq claimed that he was a police officer with the Special Cell.

“There are terrorists in this flight and I am from special cell,” said Haq said aboard the flight, a remark that sparked panic aboard the flight. The captain of the flight, Kapil Raina radioed Goa ATC and informed them about the presence of an unruly passenger.

The ATC in turn quickly informed the airport security control room requesting security assistance to hand over Haq to local police.

“As soon as the flight landed, immediately the quick reaction team (QRT) rushed to the aero bridge and apprehended the passenger. His pat down search was done and it was found clear. There after he was sent to Dabolim Airport police station with an escort of CISF QRT as well as Air India security staff,” said an Airports Authority of India official.

Initial investigation shows that Haq has a past history of mental illness and was seeking treatment at Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi. Haq was medically examined at the state run hospital in Goa and has been admitted at the Institute of Psychology and Human Behaviour based on the orders of the magistrate.

22/10/20 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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