Today, a bag with suspected RDX contents was found at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, leading to restrictions in the movement of passengers for several hours, said officials.
The black-colored bag was first detected by CISF personnel at 1:00 AM, found in the arrival area of Terminal 3, now has been kept in a cooling pit.
Initial inputs suggest that the contents of the bag to be RDX. It was examined by an explosive detector and a dog. However, the exact nature of the explosive is yet to be ascertained, said sources.
The bag with its suspect contents has been put under observation for the next 24-hours, only after which something certain about it could be reported, added sources.
It can also be an explosive or an improvised explosive device (IED), but it’s not clear now, said the sources.
Delhi Police has received information at around 1:00 AM, following which the abandoned bag was found at the arrival gate of Terminal 3.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Bhatia has said that “the bag was removed with the help of CISF and shifted to another place. It has not been opened yet. It seems like there are some electric wire inside it. We have increased the security of the airport premises.”
The incident created panic among passengers, who weren’t allowed to exit the Terminal for security concern, said sources at some airlines.
Officials stated that personnel of Delhi Police and CISF have conducted a complete anti-sabotage check of IGI Airport, after which movement of passengers was permitted around 4:00 AM.
They continued that the roads outside the high-security complex were also blocked.
IGI Airport in Delhi has three terminals – domestic and international flights operated from Terminal 3.