Explosives at Mangalore airport intended to cause panic
Mangaluru: A day after an unattended bag with explosives was recovered from Mangalore airport, it is learned that the act was intended to create panic and confusion.
The laptop bag was carrying high-intensity explosives that could cause explosion in a 500-metre radius. While diffusing, the explosives caused a loud noise and huge cloud of smoke.
If the explosives were connected with wires and battery, it could have exploded. However, the explosives were not connected to a triggering system. This clarifies that it was not intended to create an explosion.
However, it needs to be investigated if the act was to create a situation that could have helped someone else create an explosion. The act is viewed as a warning that explosives can be taken to the airport to cause an explosion at any time.
Three special teams have been created to investigate the matter.
It all began at 8.45 a.m. when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the paramilitary force mandated to guard the terminal building, recovered a black bag at the IndiGo ticket counter and later a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) declared that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been put inside it.
"The CISF scrutinised the CCTV footage outside the terminal building and it was found that a man wearing a while cap left the bag at the IndiGo counter and left the airport in an autorickshaw," Pandey said.
It was learnt that the bag was full of nails and some components -- battery, wire, timer, switch and detonator necessary for manufacturing an IED, said sources.
As the security agencies went into a tizzy with CISF and state police personnel busy sanitizing airport terminal, an unknown threat call was received by terminal manager around 3.30 p.m. regarding a bomb aboard an IndiGo flight from Mangalore to Bengaluru (6E-528).
Sources said the flight, which was due to take off, was called back for checks. "Nothing objectionable was found in the flight on checking. A complete sanitization operation was carried out at the Mangalore airport after the caller threatened that it is just a "trailer", the official said.
The Mangaluru Police have released photographs and the CCTV footage of the suspected man getting out of the terminal building and the autorickshaw in which he left.
What happened at the airport was a massive security lapse. Even the officials are considering it as a warning. Following the incident, strategic areas in the city were placed on high alert.
Mangaluru has been under distress ever since two persons were killed after police opened fire against protesters opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Former chief minister H. D. Kumaraswamy said the Karnataka government was trying to cause tension between two communities and the ‘bomb drama’ was part of it.
(With inputs from IANS)