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IGI vulnerable to terrorist attacks: BCAS audit

India TV News Desk 11 Nov 2014, 14:42:04 PM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: An audit by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has revealed that the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, considered to be one of the busiest airports in Asia, has as many as 300 chinks in its security.

A senior official of the BCAS was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail that these grey areas are now becoming hotspots for illegal activities and could also make it vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  

Areas like customs, immigration, check-in, security check areas and boarding areas don't have CCTV coverage. The grey areas are now becoming the stronghold of thieves, human traffickers and persons involved in illegal activities.

The security audit of Terminal 3, referred as ‘hyper sensitive' zone of the airport, has more grey areas. The audit said that there are more than 12 poorly-lit spots where CCTV cameras cannot capture any suspicious movement. The issue of poorly-lit areas is not new. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans had in past raised the issue but it remained unaddressed by the concern authorities till date.

Terminal 3's sole anti-intruder device is also a major security threat as its performance is very poor, the report pointed out.

Experts say that these lapses make the IGI ‘insecure'.