Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Phone Call To Air India Call Centre Sparks Security Scare At IGIA

New Delhi : An anonymous phone call received at Air India call centre today that a bomb would go off sparked a security alert at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here but the threat turned out to be a hoax.

The call centre of the national carrier received the call at around 7 pm in which the caller said a bomb would be set off.

A senior CISF official said the call was "not specific" as to whether somebody was targeting a plane or the airport.

"The caller did not say where the bomb will be exploded", the official said.

A spokesman of Delhi International Airport Ltd later said a 3-member threat assessment committee held a meeting following the phone call and concluded that since the threat was not specific, the call hoax.

The CISF official said the standard security operation procedure was adopted after getting the phone call.

"We have strengthened the security. We have sanitised the airport," the official said.

Airport officials said flight operations were normal. PTI


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