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Surveillance stepped up at Tiruchi airport

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An alert issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in view of Independence Day has prompted security personnel to step up surveillance at the Tiruchi international airport.

The alert has been sent to all airports across the country by BCAS, the national regulatory authority for civil aviation security, for a period from August 6 to 20, airport sources said.

Acting on the alert, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which provides round-the-clock security at the airport, has enhanced its surveillance. In addition to other vital areas falling within the airport premises, CISF personnel have also brought the city side of the airport under increased vigil. Teams of CISF personnel armed with automatic weapons have been posted on the city side.

Accordingly, visitors’ entry at the international airport will be banned from August 8 to 20, said the sources. Surveillance has been enhanced at the terminal building and outside areas within the airport premises, besides enhanced frisking and baggage checking.

Armed teams will be posted near the parking area from Sunday onwards. The Tiruchi airport, which witnesses brisk movement of passengers in the morning and late night hours due to bunching of overseas flights to different foreign destinations, has already been classified as “sensitive”.

Around 300 CISF personnel sanctioned for the airport cover all vital spots in shifts. This includes a striking force team to deal with emergency situations. The CISF takes care of substantial portion of the airport barring the city side, which comes under the purview of the City Police.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/security-stepped-up-for-i-day-at-tiruchi-airport/article19448296.ece

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