Monday, October 09, 2023

Three flyers held at Hyderabad airport after receiving a hoax mail on ‘plane hijacking’

The Cyberabad police are currently probing an email that warned Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) of a ‘hijack plan’, that led to panic on the ground on Sunday evening. According to police, the email mentioned a passenger on a Dubai-bound aircraft who could be a “hijacker”.

On Sunday, the IA-951 was scheduled to fly to Dubai at 8 pm from Hyderabad. Eventually, the aircraft was isolated and cancelled, according to the officials. All 111 passengers were deboarded and were screened by the airport security officials for possible suspects. Also, a few passengers were asked to stay back for questioning.

A senior official from Cyberabad police told, “The airport terminal manager received an email from an unknown address at around 7 p.m. stating that the Dubai-bound Indian Airlines flight would be hijacked. We received a complaint and registered an FIR. The investigation is in progress and we will nab the people behind this hoax email.”

According to the complaint received by the Cyberabad police, the email mentioned the name of a passenger who is an informant to the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of Pakistan and it also mentioned that the said passenger had local support from Hyderabad airport.

The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee inquired and a due procedure was followed. Following their probe, three passengers were handed over to the police by the airport officials.

09/10/2023  Rahul V Pisharody/Indian Express

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