Security at major airports in India is being tightened ahead of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations.
The Union Home Ministry has already issued a country-wide alert asking states to tighten security at sensitive locations to prevent any attempt of a terror strike.
Here’s how authorities are boosting security at major airports.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
About 100-150 additional Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel have been deployed at the airport and passengers may have to undergo a rigorous check of themselves and their luggage, even twice in certain cases.
Intelligence officers in plain clothes have also been added inside the airport premises to profile and identify potential security risks.
According to a CISF personnel, passengers may have to take off their shoes and belt before they are frisked. He also said that a close eye is being kept at all category of vehicles entering the airport area.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad
Entry of visitors has been barred at the city’s airport from 10th to 20th August. The airport has also issued a statement asking passengers to cooperate with security staff and arrive well in advance at the airport during this period.
Apart from CISF, professionals from the Quick Response Team (QRT) will also be deployed at the airport to deal with any emergency situations.
The police have said that they will be deploying trained officers on the airport premises to keep a lookout for those moving suspiciously at the airport and its surrounding areas.
Chennai International Airport
Following the instructions from the government, the city’s airport has put in place a seven-tier security arrangement.
Passengers with valid tickets are being allowed inside the airport after a thorough frisking of their bags and visitors have been banned from entering the airport premises.
According to authorities, these security measures will be followed till 22nd August.
Apart from Indian airports, security has been buffed up at important places like railway stations, metros stations, temples, commercial establishments, shopping malls and amusement parks.