Panic ensued at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport after bomb threats were reported on two flights headed for Kathmandu and Bhubaneshwar, news reports said.
All passengers and crew were safely evacuated and security forces have begun operations to sanitise the area, The Indian Express reported.
According to the police, a call was received at the Gurgaon-based centre of Delhi International Airport Limited at around 10:30 am claiming that bombs had been placed on a Kathmandu-bound Nepal Airlines flight RA 206 and a Bhubaneshwar-bound Air India flight AI 075.
“Immediately after the information was received, a decision was taken to ground the flights and the passengers were deplaned. The bomb squad is on the spot and search operations in both the flights are going on,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) DK Gupta, adding that both planes were taken to an isolated area for the security check.
Four MPs were also on board the Air India flight, ANI reported.
The threat call was received from the same person who made a threat call about a Delhi-Bangkok flight on Wednesday, according to ANI.
DNA reported that a similar bomb scare had led a Bhubaneshwar-Mumbai GoAir flight to make an emergency landing.
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With inputs from IANS