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Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad Airports on High Alert After Hijacking Threat

New Delhi: Security was stepped up at the Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports after an email warned of "simultaneous" hijack attempts.

OP Singh, Director General of the CISF, which is tasked with security all airports in the country said the email was received by the DCP in Mumbai. “A lady overheard six boys discussing a simultaneous hijack plan in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. The email could well be a hoax, but we didn't take any chances. Embarkation (boarding) security increased, anti-contingency plan put in place and meeting of all stake holders held,” he said.

The CISF has called in its sniffer dog squads and quick reaction teams to undertake sanitisation drills at the airports, officials said, adding airlines have been asked to remain extra vigilant.

"However, there is no reason to panic and all the operations at these airports will be normal and without any hassle to passengers," a senior officer, who is part of airports security team, told PTI.

The police are investigating the contents of the e-mail and trying to get in touch with the sender.

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