Srinagar air­port se­cu­rity breached


The Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K) Po­lice re­cently blamed the In­dian Air Force per­son­nel for the breach of se­cu­rity that led to two youths driv­ing up to the tar­mac of the highly pro­tected air­port. The duo had taken their ve­hi­cle to the run­way in the tech­ni­cal area, de­clared out of bounds even for VVIPs ex­cept for the Pres­i­dent and the Prime Min­is­ter.

The youths—Par­vaiz Ah­mad Dar and Mu­dasir Ah­mad Mir of Hand­wara in Kup­wara dis­trict—en­tered the heav­ily guarded air­port on May 9 around 3 p.m. through Ran­greth gate, manned by IAF per­son­nel, SP (Budgam), Ut­tam Chand, said. “How­ever, we let them off a day later af­ter be­ing con­vinced that they had no in­ten­tion to cause any harm,” he said. How­ever, the de­fence spokesper­son of North­ern Com­mand said the Army had asked for a re­port from those who were on se­cu­rity duty at the tech­ni­cal area at that time.

The ve­hi­cle was spot­ted near the run­way by men from the an­ti­hi­jack­ing squad of J&K Po­lice soon af­ter a flight from Delhi landed, SP (anti-hi­jack­ing squad), Ab­dul Rashid, said. “Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, the duo said they had en­tered through the mil­i­tary gate not know­ing the en­trance to the pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal. We had handed them over along with their guests—Khalid Fa­rooq Bhat and Mo­ham­mad Shafi Bhat—to po­lice,” he said.

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