CISF wants counter terrorism plan at sensitive airports

New Delhi:  In view of intelligence agencies warning of possible attempts to carry out terror the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has asked for the implementation of the counter-terrorism contingency plan (CTCP) at the earliest at sensitive airports across the country.

According to the intelligence inputs the Islamic State jihadi group, al-Qaida or Pakistan-based militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are making plans for strikes or hijackings.

Under the CTCP, CISF personnel guard the approach roads of airports to screen visitors before they arrive at the departure or arrival terminals. As of now, CTCP is in place only at Delhi and Mumbai airports.

According to the sources CTCP  has been prepared for each hyper-sensitive airport and is awaiting the government's nod. According to the latest intelligence inputs, international terrorist groups and even Khalistani terrorists are making plans to target Indian airports.

After Pathankot airbase attack, a parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture had pointed out  that 20 hyper-sensitive and international airports lacked contingency plans and called the situation "quite scary".

Out of 98 operational airports in India only 26 are categorised 'hyper-sensitive'.

Only 18 of these hypersensitive airports are covered by CISF while others are managed by police forces. Of the 56 airports categorised as 'sensitive', CISF manages only 37. Officials added that CISF's proposal is being seriously considered by the ministries of home and civil aviation.