Mumbai airport on high alert after call about serial blasts

File photo of Mumbai Airport. Security was tightened at the airport on late night on September 29, 2015, after a call threatening serial blasts across its terminals. (Kalpak Pathak /Hindustan Times)

The Mumbai airport was put on high alert after a caller told its control room late on Monday that its domestic and international terminals as well as the Taj Hotel may be attacked.

According to security personnel, the call that came around 8:30pm was made by a person who identified himself as Vishesh Kumar.
Kumar told the control room at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport he had overheard a few people discussing a terror plot. He heard that 16 vehicles loaded with explosives would be used to carry out the terror attack at domestic terminal, international terminal and the Taj Hotels between 9am and 10am.

The Taj Hotel was one of the prime targets of the Pakistani attackers during the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008.

“As per protocol we go on high alert when there is a specific threat such as naming a location of attack,” said a senior airport security jawan, adding that they had not found any evidence to support the caller’s claims.

The Mumbai airport spokesperson said the police had traced the caller but refusing to divulge any details at the moment. Security has been beefed up as per high alert protocol.

Deployment of armed guards posted at watch booths ahead of terminal gates have been doubled. Vehicles entering the airport are ramdomly being checked and motorists frisked. Plain clothed teams are patrolling the terminal.

The city airport has frequently recorded such threats in the recent past. One of threat messages were scribbled inside a toilet wall in T2, the new international terminal.
Source - hindustan times


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