Pune: The security at Pune airport has been beefed up after Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) sent an alert to airports across the country, including airlines about a possible terror attack ahead of the new year celebrations.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security at Pune Airport, carried out strict checking of airplanes and passengers. “The presence of security men in and around the airport has been increased,” said a CISF officer.
“We have instructed all airlines to conduct a thorough security check inside the aircraft,” the officer added. CISF personnel have been asked to conduct double-checks to prevent unknown persons from entering the airport. Extra personnel have been deployed to look after the whole premises and even inside the building.
“This is a vulnerable period. A number of instances have occurred in the past also when this period has been chosen by terrorists and anti-national elements to perpetrate the act of terrorism,” the BCAS alert said.
According to sources, “A high-level meeting was held in New Delhi, which was attended by senior officials of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and BCAS officials.
Officials noted that perpetrators have initiated attacks by suicide bombing, using improvised explosive device-laden vehicle, stabbing, ramming vehicle into the crowd and indiscriminate firing in crowded areas.”
- Checking vehicles in parking area.
- Screening of passengers and staff.
- Increased random screening at the main gate and random checks at the entry of terminal building.
- Intensive physical and electronic surveillance and enhanced behaviour detection, enhanced screening of baggage, cargo, catering, mails.
- Presence of quick reaction teams, BDS, dog squad at entry points.