New Delhi: With terror threats from skies
looming large in the wake of 9/11 in the US, government is
likely to amend the existing anti-hijacking law which would
arm it with powers to shoot down a hijacked aircraft and
providing for death penalty for hijackers.
The issue of amending the law is likely to come up before
the union cabinet tomorrow, official sources said.
The amendment will seek to provide a legal backing for
any extraordinary move like shooting down an aircraft whose
hijack has been established and the hijackers have intentions
to target vital installation by using it as a missile like it
had happened in New York on 9/11.
The policy also provides for immobilisation of the
aircraft and disallowing it to take off if the hijack takes
place on the Indian soil.
During the Kandahar hijack in December 1999, 178
passengers and 11 crew members were exchanged for four dreaded
terrorists, including Maulana Masood Azhar who later floated
the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). At that time,
security forces had failed to immobilise the plane at Amritsar
The Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister P
Chidambaram, had examined the proposal to amend the existing
Anti-hijacking Act of 1982 to cover aspects of conspiracy to
hijack an aircraft.