Terror threat: Security beefed up in 22 airports

Indian intelligence agencies have warned the airport authorities of a possible terror attack or sabotage. Four of the bordering state airports on high alert.

Terror threat: Security beefed up in 22 airports

Indian intelligence agencies have put as many as 22 airports across the country, including civil airports in India's western states and other important ones like those in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru on high alert.

In the last few days, India has beefed up security across the country anticipating retaliation from terror outfits for the surgical strikes conducted by India in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir which destroyed seven terrorist launch pads killing many militants across the line of control.

The airports in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat are on alert following the intelligence warning of a possible terror attack.  Security has been tightened in other hypersensitive airports like Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad and Jaipur as well.

22 airports in the four bordering states have been warned by the intelligence agencies and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) chief had reviewed airport security with his top officials posted at all the sensitive airports. Counter-sabotage teams, bomb squads and commando teams have been asked to be extra-vigilant to thwart any possible terror strikes.

"Security at vital airports has been increased. All major airports have been put on a high alert," CISF Director General OP Singh said.

Police chiefs in each of the states and paramilitary guards deployed in these airports along with all the airline operators have also been warned by the Civil Aviation Security Bureau.

As the part of security measures, baggage checkup will be more stringent with detailed checks. Parking spaces and loading areas that are used by airport vehicles will be more carefully watched.

Intelligence agencies have warned that about 100 terrorists are getting ready to intrude India, crossing the line of border before the winter to carry out attacks here.

On October 7, Indian forces killed three Pakistan terrorists in Kashmir who tried to target an Army base in the border district of Kupwara. Security forces have seized maps and arms recovered proving that they were from Pakistan.

The surgical strikes carried out by India a week ago was in response to a deadly terror attack at an army camp in Uri in Kashmir last month, in which 19 soldiers were killed by a group of four Pakistani terrorists, following which the bilateral relations between the two countries have become tensed.