BOMB THREATS AND A BAL­LOON TRIG­GER AIR SCARES IN DELHI

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NEW DELHI: A slew of bomb threats forced air­port au­thor­i­ties in Delhi and Ban­ga­lore t o ground t hree fl i ghts on Wed­nes­day, while au­thor­i­ties in the Cap­i­tal were scour­ing the skies fol­low­ing re­ports of a “sus­pi­cious” bal­loon hov­er­ing over the air­port area.

More than 250 pas­sen­gers on Air In­dia flight AI- 215 that was to leave at 1.15pm and Jet Air­ways flight 9W260 sched­uled to de­part at 1.25pm were evac­u­ated in Delhi af­ter three anony­mous phone calls warned po­lice that there were bombs on the Kath­mandu-bound planes.

The in­ci­dent comes on the heels of the same Jet Air­ways flight be­ing de­layed on Mon­day by six hours fol­low­ing a bomb threat call that was a hoax.

While the air­craft were be­ing searched on Wed­nes­day, a fourth call was re­ceived, giv­ing de­tails of bag­gage con­tain­ing “liq­uid ex­plo­sives”, which led to fur­ther scru­tiny of lug­gage and holdups.

“We would have loaded the bag­gage, but af­ter this call, bags were taken to the ter­mi­nal for fur­ther scan­ning,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer of the Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF).

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer, a caller iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as Hafiz Azad from Istanbul in Turkey said two bombs in lap­tops had been planted on the two flights. The three calls came within 10 min­utes, the first at 1.05pm and the third at 1.15pm.

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