Terror alert: Qaeda-LeT plan to hijack Indian plane

The govt has put all Indian flights operating in S Asia on alert following a hijack threat.

Updated: Jan 22, 2010, 14:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has put all Air
India planes operating in the country`s neighbourhood on high
security alert and directed the airlines to deploy sky
marshals following intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based LeT
and other terror groups were planning to hijack a flight.

A directive has been issued to all Indian missions
abroad to sensitise the staff of the airlines, official
sources said.

According to intelligence inputs, terrorist groups
having allegiance with al Qaeda, Lashker-e-Toiba and
Jamat-ul-Dawa were planning to hijack an Air India plane
especially operating in or from SAARC countries -- Nepal,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Pakistan
and India as well.

Hijacking could be attempted by the terrorists from
airports located at Yangon, Dhaka and Colombo. Security of
planes operating to Bhutan has also been beefed up, the
sources said.

Following this input, the Civil Aviation Ministry has
directed all the airlines especially Air India to take extra
steps besides asking Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to
deploy sky marshals on aircraft operating on such routes, the
sources said.

On its part, the External Affairs Ministry has asked
Indian missions, particularly in SAARC countries, to brief the
staff of the Air India and other Indian carriers about the