The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

A hi­jack alert on a flight bound for Kan­da­har in Afghanistan trig­gered an alarm at the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional (IGI) Air­port here on Satur­day af­ter the pi­lot ‘mis­tak­enly’ pressed the ‘hi­jack’ but­ton when it was taxi­ing for take-off. The Ari­ana Afghan Air­lines (FG312) plane fi­nally took off nearly two hours af­ter the sat­is­fac­tory se­cu­rity checks. It was sched­uled to depart at 3.30 pm. The plane was car­ry­ing nine crew mem­bers and 124 pas­sen­gers and an in­fant. Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, a CISF of­fi­cial told

that fol­low­ing the hi­jack but­ton was pressed, search op­er­a­tions were con­ducted in the flight and it took off in 30 min­utes. How­ever, sources said it took about two hours for the flight to take off. There was panic among the pas­sen­gers on board the air­craft af­ter the in­ci­dent and when the search op­er­a­tions were be­ing con­ducted, they added. Ac­cord­ing to an­other source, the plane, while taxi­ing for take-off, re­turned to the “iso­la­tion bay” pre­sum­ably due to the press­ing of the ‘hi­jack but­ton’ by the crew. The air­craft was cleared for de­par­ture on con­fir­ma­tion that it was an er­ror by the cap­tain, he said. Press­ing the hi­jack but­ton prompted all the con­cerned agen­cies, in­clud­ing NSG, into ac­tion. The NSG com­man­dos and of­fi­cials of other agen­cies swiftly re­sponded to the sit­u­a­tion and sur­rounded the air­craft, he added. Less known till the 1990s, Mhow ( now Ambed­kar Na­gar), Bhim­rao Ambed­kar’s birth­place and cur­rently a can­ton­ment lo­cated in In­dore, is turn­ing into a hot­bed of Dalit pol­i­tics in the state. The Mhow Assem­bly con­stituency is rep­re­sented by six-time leg­is­la­tor Kailash Vi­jay­vargiya of the Bharatiya Janata Party. This time, the BJP has given ticket to Usha Thakur from the same Assem­bly con­stituency.

The rush of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to Mhow is be­ing seen as an ex­er­cise be­fore Assem­bly elec­tions in the state that will be held on 28 Novem­ber.

It is be­lieved that the elec­tion will be a di­rect po­lit­i­cal bat­tle be­tween the BJP and Con­gress. While the Shivraj Singh Chouhan gov­ern­ment will try to win a fourth con­sec­u­tive term, the Con­gress will fight for win­ning the state af­ter 2003.

Since the 1990s, the decade that rep­re­sents the rise of Dalit pol­i­tics in the coun­try, many stal­wart po­lit­i­cal lead-

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