Three former ground staff of Thiruvananthapuram Airport have been detained by city police at the airport in Bangalore connection with the detection of firecracker in the cargo hold of a Kingfisher Airlines flight in the Kerala capital on Sunday, police said.

The three, who had resigned only a few days before the incident, were detained on Wednesday by immigration officials at the Bengaluru International Airport while they were about to board a flight to Dubai en route to Kabul, a police official on condition of anonymity told PTI.

“Acting on an alert by Kerala police, the three hailing from Thiruvananthapuram were detained by the immigration officials at the BIA on Wednesday morning just as they were about to board a flight to Dubai,” the official said.

The three were handed over to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and later to Kerala police the same day, the official said but refused to divulge their names.

The firecrackers were found from the cargo section of the Kingfisher plane that arrived in Thiruvananthapuram with 31 people on board from Bangalore, sparking a bomb scare and authorities admitted to a security lapse.

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