Published on : Wednesday, August 14, 2019
A hoax bomb call threw the security agencies at Delhi international airport into a tizzy on Monday, three days ahead of Independence Day, affecting flight operations at Terminal 2 for almost 70 minutes, officials said.
“A bomb threat call for Terminal 2 was received by Delhi Police at 8.49 pm on Monday,” they said.
The departure area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGIA) Terminal 2 was immediately evacuated and all passengers were moved at Gate no 4 at the departure level, while arriving passengers were on hold inside aircraft, the officials said.
“After a detailed search operation for about an hour by the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), it was found to be a hoax,” they said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Airport, Sanjay Bhatia said all the stakeholders were immediately informed and alerted.
A case under relevant sections has been registered and investigation is underway, he said.
The airport officials said that operational normalcy was restored in departure as well as arrival area of Terminal 2 at 10 pm.
On August 8, aviation security regulator BCAS issued an alert asking 19 airports across the country, including Delhi’s IGIA, to enhance the existing security measures so that no untoward incident takes place during Independence Day celebrations this year.