Security agencies at the Bagdogra Airport were put on alert after explosives were found in a passenger's luggage on Friday. The passenger has been detained for interrogation by the security personnel.
Darjeeling: TNT found in substance carried by 2 pax trying board an Indigo flight at Bagdogra Airport. CISF handed them over to local police pic.twitter.com/0SCnYixoVr
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2017
India Today reported that Trinitrotoluene (TNT) was found hidden inside medicine bottles in a passenger's luggage, as per officials. The report further said that "the explosives were discovered during a routine X-ray screening of the baggage." As per an ANI update, the matter has been reported to the relevant authorities.
IndiGo screener at Bagdogra intercepted pax carrying suspected material on pretext of medicines. Matter reported to authorities: IndiGo — ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2017
A similar incident was reported from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. According to media reports, a dummy IED, which turned out to be an assembled mobile power bank was detected by security personnel at Level 4 of IGI Airport's Terminal 1 during the screening of the baggage. The baggage was registered under the name of Sheikh Firoz Shabbir.
Recently, there have been several instances of suspicous objects being found in passenger's luggage. On Thursday too, officials at the IGI airport were sent into a tizzy after a suspicious object was found in a passenger's luggage in the cargo screening of an Indigo Airlines flight.
In another similar incident,seven dummy bombs were found at Mangalore and Delhi airports, which had baffled airport authorities.
Airport authorities have said that the Bureau of Civil Aviation is investigating the incident. The BCA has also written to the National Investigation Agency seeking help in determining whether these incidents were linked together, according to India Today.
Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 22:41 PM