Beware: Terror alert issued at Juhu Airport, Mumbai

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Just days after a terror alert across Maharashtra, a special alert has been issued at Juhu Airport in Mumbai. Security has been beefed up at the airport following an information from a pilot.

According to an official, security has been increased at the airport citing Republic Day and the paragliders incident that took place on Jan 13.


Mumbai Police, Crime Branch, Special Branch officials took special security measurement when ATS received a letter which stated, "According to information received from Captain RS Nandal on Jan 13 at 5.46 pm, while taxiing a Pawan Hans helicopter with registration VT-PWB at Juhu Airport, he saw six paragliders coming from ONGC helibase side and heading towards the Bombay High side."

"They were gliding at a height of 1,000 to 1,500 feet above sea level and around round 1.5 to 2 nautical miles away from the airport. They were flying from northwest to southeast direction. The location of these paragliders was above JW Marriot hotel [latitude 19.09 and longitude 72.82]," the letter read.

Local police officials claimed that they would not take any risk as a recent IB alert has spoken about possible terror attacks in Mumbai and other major cities of Maharashtra.

"Mumbai and other important cities in Maharashtra are high on the target list of the trans-border terrorists. As several important defence establishments are also located in Maharashtra, you are requested to review the security arrangements of such defence establishments located in your area and initiate enhanced precautionary and preventive security of such establishments," the IB alert added.

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