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Police launch probe into hijack threat call to Air India office

Kolkata: A day after a threat call was received at the city office of the Air India, Special Task Force and detective department of the Kolkata Police launched an investigation while security has been beefed up at the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata.

 Police launch probe into hijack threat call to Air India office

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A special team set up with officials of the STF and detective department was trying to track the number from which the call was made to the national carrier's city office, a senior police officer said.

"After a complaint was lodged with the police yesterday, STF and detective department have been jointly looking into the case. Security has been tightened in the Air India office," the officer said.

An Air India spokesman said appropriate security agencies like the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) are looking into the issue.

Meanwhile, security has also been upgraded at the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata following the threat call.

Security officials at the airport said a Red Alert is already on at the airport in view of the coming Republic Day but additional measures have been taken.

Dog squad has been pressed into service in and around the terminal buildings while each and every luggage was manually checked besides the normal scanning.

The officials said policemen were keeping a tab at the airport's taxi stand and nearby areas.

The call was received at Air India's city booking office at around 5.40 PM and a complaint was subsequently lodged with the Bowbazar police station.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 04, 2015 20:20:33 IST