Will continue to press foreign govts to deny space to extremist elements: India on threat to Air India flights
PTC News Desk: India said on Thursday that it has been in discussions with foreign governments about the activities of radical and terrorist elements inciting violence and intimidation and that it will take the necessary security measures to safeguard Air India flights.
Answering questions about terror threats to Air India during a regular media briefing, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India will continue to press foreign governments to deny space to extremist elements.
"We strongly condemn such terrorist threats... We have been engaged with foreign governments on the activities of radical and terrorist elements that have been inciting violence and intimidation... We will continue to press these governments to deny spacer to such extremist elements. We will definitely take the necessary security measures against that," the MEA spokesperson said.
Following a threat from the outlawed separatist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has ordered additional security checks for Air India flights in Punjab and Delhi airports.
The BCAS has requested that all Air India flights departing from Punjab and the national capital undergo additional security checks.
"A 100 per cent SLPC (Secondary Ladder Point Check) for all Air India flights at IGI Airport and airports in Punjab, issue of Temporary Airport Entry Pass (TAEP), entry of visitors to the terminal building of the IGI (Indira Gandhi International) airport (in Delhi) and sale of visitors' entry tickets will be banned," the circular further stated.
The order was issued earlier this week and was immediately implemented.