SRINAGAR: The security apparatus in and around the vicinity of Srinagar International Airport has been upgraded after reviewing the loopholes in the operation of multiple agencies involved in safeguarding the terminal.
The security up-gradation was done following the attack on October 23 last year by three heavily armed and highly trained Jaish-e-Mohammed militants on the Border Security Force (BSF) camp near the airport.
The three militants and an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the BSF were killed in a nine-hour gun battle.
Sharat Kumar, the Director of the Srinagar International Airport, told Kashmir Reader that they have a very strict protocol and that the concerned authorities take meticulous care of whatever security apparatus is required. “There are multiple security agencies involved in this job,” Kumar said, adding, “We ensure all checks and drills are followed meticulously.”
Several apparatus and devices, Kumar said, are being used to safeguard the airport. However, he refused to share what kinds of apparatuses and devices are in use at the airport, saying, “Such things are not meant to be kept in the public domain.”
Kumar requested people to arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure so that there is no pressure on the security apparatus. “For their own convenience and for quicker and faster clearance, people should report two hours before the departure,” he said.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commanding Officer Rajesh Yadev told Kashmir Reader that upgrading the security apparatus after any incident is a normal practice. “Security apparatus is reviewed and upgraded after any incident, and whatever loopholes are there, they are removed,” he said.When asked what kind of security up-gradation has been done by CRPF in and around the vicinity of the airport following the October 23 attack, Yadev said that that the information could be shared for security reasons. “The information cannot be shared as it is not meant for the public domain,” he said.