TAMIL NADU

Review of Chennai, Tiruchi airports security complete

K.T. Sangameswaran

Madurai, Coimbatore, Tuticorin airports will be looked at in a few days Arrangements satisfactory

Report to be submitted after review of all major airportsPatrolling outside the Chennai airport increased

CHENNAI: Two senior police officers in charge of reviewing security at airports in the State have completed the process with regard to two airports.

The review of three other airports is expected to be completed in the next few days. The officers had reviewed the security along with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials at theChennai and Tiruchirappalli airports. In general, security arrangements were found to be satisfactory.

The exercise is yet to be undertaken for airports in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tuticorin. A report would be submitted thereafter.

While the CISF was in charge of security inside the airports, security outside was taken care of by local personnel.

One aspect that needed to be considered was whether security inside the airports should be increased given the volume of flights handled, a senior police officer told The Hindu .

The matter relating to parking of government vehicles in front of the terminal building of the Chennai airport remained to be sorted out.

Following the receipt of an anonymous letter by the Tiruchirappalli airport, warning of a threat, Director-General of Police D. Mukherjee asked the Inspector-General of Police, Intelligence, and the Superintendent of Police (Security), to review the security in major airports.

Even as this was on, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation alerted security agencies in the country on possible attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists on airports and vital installations. Patrolling outside the Chennai airport had been increased and constant vigil was on with regard to access control.

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