New Delhi, Dec 4: Following an Intelligence Agencies warning security has been beefed-up in all major airports in India. Sources said that there plan to hijack an India plane specially from small airports. Airports in small cities like Chandigarh, Nashik, Guwahati are placed on high alert. Air marshals are being sent to sensitive sectors.
The warning was issued after an email send by Deccan Mujahideen, the terrorist outfit that claimed the responsiblity for Mumbai terror attack on Wednesday, Dec 3 night warning of further attacks. This time the email warns of attacks on three airports in the prominent cities of New Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore from the period of December 3 to 7.
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security is carrying out checks across the country. IB sources believe that Deccan Mujahideen is a front created by the Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) to carry out its Mumbai strikes.
Reports suggest that the email like the previous one has been sent through Russian relay servers and was further traced to Saudi Arabia. Interpol had previously tracked the first email and found its link to Russia. Later the email was traced to Lahore and the sender was identified as a LeT operative.
Security forces have decided to check all hand baggage physically even after they have been put through the X-ray. All cars approaching the airports will also be checked and the passengers need to report three hours in advance. The CISF and the NSG have been alerted after a security meet on Monday, Dec 1.
Sources say that the Government has received inputs about terrorists' plans to carry out a 9/11-type aerial attack on targets in India. The issue was discussed in a meeting of the three service chiefs with Union Defence minister A K Antony on Wednesday, Dec 3.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)