A red alert was sounded at the Chennai Airport following a bomb threat
early on Friday.
Security was intensified after an input was conveyed from New Delhi
about a caller who warned of an explosion in the airport. Security personnel conducted
anti-sabotage check and enhanced armed guards at vantage points, police sources
A phone call was received at the New Delhi airport police Control room
that a woman passenger boarding a flight in Chennai bound to Saudi Arabia was
carrying an explosive substance.
Heightened security arrangements already
made ahead of the Independence Day
Heightened security arrangements are already in place at all airports
in the State ahead of the Independence Day and the revocation of special status
to the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
Frisking was intensified shortly after midnight on Friday and entry
inside the airport was strictly restricted to passengers and authorised
personnel. Police conducted random checks on vehicles in the parking lot, the
sources said and added that there was a delay at the security check gates in
clearing passengers and their hand baggage due to the enhanced safety measures.
The identity of the caller
Parrying questions on the identity of the caller, a police officer
said that the mobile phone number from which the threat call was made belonged
to a person in Salem district in Tamil Nadu. Patrolling along the boundary was
also stepped up to keep a check on suspicious persons or articles in the
“The security measures that are being reviewed at regular intervals in
close coordination among relevant departments will continue till further
instructions,” the officer said and appealed to passengers to reach the airport
at least two hours before the scheduled departure of flights for a hassle-free
check in process.