Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Red alert sounded at Bhubaneswar airport after Al-Qaeda threat to Delhi's IGI

Bhubaneswar: A 'red alert' has been sounded at the Biju Patnaik International airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar for a period of ten days. The Odisha government took the call after terror outfit Al-Qaeda threatened to blow up the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi ahead of Independence Day.

The terror outfit, in an email, has threatened to use explosives to attack the Delhi airport within 1-3 days.

Back in Bhubaneswar, the Biju Patnaik International airport will be on 'red alert' between August 10 and August 20. Authorities concerned are also planning to issue a fresh set of rules to safeguard Bhubaneswar airport against any attacks.

Director of the BPIA, Pravat Ranjan Beuria said a 'red alert' has been issued for airports across the country in light of the threat issued by the terror outfit. Stringent security arrangements will be made at the Bhubaneswar airport for a period of 10 days and travellers may have to face some difficulties, added Beuria.

Airport director Pravat Ranjan Beuria also told India Today that the number of security personnel deployed at BPIA will be doubled. He added that 13 watch towers on the premises will be manned by teams of two each round-the-clock.

10/08/21 Mohammad Suffian/India Today

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