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Sniper cover for Delhi airport after Karachi attack

New Delhi, June 27 (): International Airport in the capital will have intensified security including snipers in vulnerable area. This comes in the wake of the Karachi airport siege that lasted 13 hours and left 29 dead. The combined security operation plan is the first for an Indian airport and Delhi police in the districts where the airport is situated are part of it.

IGIA’s (Indira Gandhi International Airport) vulnerable areas are the funnel at Vasant Kunj and Dwarka. The security agencies RAW, IB and Delhi police’s airport wing reviewed the security arrangements at IGIA. They identified areas where the aircraft on the runway can be visible. The Bureau of Civil Aviation security too gave inputs.

Snipers will be stationed at building rooftops from where the aircraft can be visible. Identity checks on residents, staff and guests in hotels in Aerocity will be subjected to strict checks.

Last year, security agencies visited Amsterdam and San Diego airport to study the security and see what more needs to implemented in IGIA.

After reviewing the security machinery, the committee in its recommendations had cited that MANPADS (man-made portable air defence systems) threat exists for the funnel area which is now covered by patrolling.

The outer ring of the security is with Delhi police and that of the internal lies with CISF which has deployed 3000 jawans. After the Karachi attack, the number increased to 5000.

CISF has put in a new system of security checks by which the time taken to clear a passenger will be 4 minutes instead of 8 minutes. CISF official will check the details on the ticket and ID card while another will identify whether the passenger is genuine or not.

CISF has said that to clear fast, the passenger should keep ready a hard copy of the ticket and in case it was a soft copy then the PDF file of the ticket has to be shown in the Smartphone.

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