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09 August 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: In the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre on August 5, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has yesterday issued advisory to all Indian airports to remain on high alert and beef up security in their respective airport zones. Thus, security has also been tightened up in the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here.

As per the BPIA authorities, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being observed strictly following which the deployment of more armed security personnel has been pressed into action both inside and outside of the airport terminals while a three-tier security checking is being conducted. Security personnel have been on guard round-the-clock at the runways, terminals, checking and parking zones.

In order to keep a hawk eye on the movements and activities, more numbers of CCTV cameras have been installed while passengers are being frisked and the entry of visitors restricted.

Notably, security is beefed up every year at the airports across the country on the eve of the Independence Day celebrations to thwart any possible security threats, especially from the terror elements. But, this time security has been stepped up much earlier in view of the prevailing tense and uncertain situation after the recent scrapping of Article 370 of Jammu & Kashmir by the Centre.

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SC Hota, Director, Biju Patnaik International Airport