Even as all airports have been put on a high alert in the wake of the "fidayeen” attack on the Karachi airport in Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a meeting with the chiefs of intelligence and security establishments to review the security arrangements.

Among those present at the meeting were the National Security Advisor and directors of the Intelligence Bureau, Central Industrial Security Force, National Security Guard and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, besides Secretary, Civil Aviation, the Union Home Secretary and other senior officials.

“The Government has put all airports on a high alert to thwart any terror attack. The number of CISF Quick Reaction Teams has been increased. Steps to tighten access control at the airports and strengthen perimeter security have also been taken. Anti-hijacking units at the airports have been instructed to carry out mock exercises. At the meeting, it was also decided to complete the security audit of all the airports with a view to strengthening it further,” said a senior MHA official.

Security at the 59 major airports is presently being provided by CISF personnel. “We constantly review the arrangements at these airports in coordination with their airport authorities and other stakeholders. There is also a system of real-time sharing of intelligence on any possible threat. Drills and surprise checks are carried out to keep the force on an alert and plug loopholes, if any,” said another official.

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