Mangaluru, Jan 20, 2020 : The Central Industrial Security Force, on Monday, found an abandoned bag near the ticket counter at the Mangaluru airport with components of the improvised explosive device (IED).
A bomb squad which is already at the spot took the bag and shifted it to Kenjar area for defusion and further investigation. The suspected device has been placed in an open ground. Bomb squad from Bengaluru has been summoned to Mangaluru.
The CISF cordoned off the area and also sounded an alert as the unattended bag created a bomb scare, CISF Deputy Inspector General of Police, Anil Pandey said.
A police team led by Mangaluru Police Commissioner PS Harsha rushed to the airport and carried out an extensive search operation with the help of bomb disposal and dog squads, and metal detectors.
An investigation into the matter has been launched and CCTV footage is being examined, said the senior police official.
"The CISF had found a suspicious bag, handled it as per the safety protocols and quickly informed the police control room. We have placed the bag in the isolation bay as per the safety protocol," Harsha later said in a video message, PTI reported.
The police commissioner said the passengers had been kept away from the bag, adding that the situation was normal and the police were taking all precautions.
As per reports, two masked persons had come in an autorickshaw and left the bag outside the terminal building.
IndiGo airlines flight from Mangaluru to Hyderabad received bomb threat
While a bomb bag found outside the airport, the IndiGo Airlines flight from Mangalore to Hyderabad received a bomb scare call today. The flight was to take off, when air traffic control (ATC) received a call about the bomb threat.
The Airline had to check all baggage and the aircraft thoroughly before taking off. .All the flights are subjected to intense security check to rule out any bomb threat.