Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Security has been stepped up at the domestic and international airports here following intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based terrorists could hijack an aircraft to Bangladesh to secure the release of Afzal Guru, sentenced to death in the 2001 Parliament attack case.

A high alert has been sounded and multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place as the level of threat has been raised, airport sources said. A number of plain-clothes police personnel have been deployed and vigilance has been stepped at entry points.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), in charge of the security of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, said the security had been increased. "The airport security has been stepped up since Friday in the wake of an alert. Most of the security arrangements such as anti-hijacking measures are already in place and there is no need for panic," said a CISF official.

However, the increased security measures had in no way caused inconvenience to passengers. "Passengers are being subjected to routine checks and utmost care is being taken not to cause any inconvenience to them and the relatives accompanying them to the airport," said the official.