Shooting scare at New Delhi airport

All the major airports across India have been turned in to fortresses following perceived threats.

The jitters created a security scare at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport in the early hours of Friday, and triggered panic among passengers and sent security officials into a tizzy.

The chaos began when a sound similar to gunshots were reportedly heard from the facility.

The control room of the CISF received a call at around 1.10 am IST from passengers that they heard sound of gunshots from the vicinity of Gate 4 of international departure lounge of the airport.

The security was immediately stepped up but police could not ascertain the cause and the nature of firing. “We received a call that some passengers heard a sound similar to two gunshots, but there were no eyewitnesses. No evidence has so far come up to suggest that it was a firing and we cannot confirm it as a gunshot,” DIG, CISF Udayan Banerjee said.

There is speculation that the initial “cracks” heard could have been a plastic bottle or tetra-pak coming under the wheels of some vehicle.

Post the 26/11 carnage, some pranksters are taking cheap thrills by attempting panic amongst an already jittery public.

But to re-iterate, everything at Delhi and across India is normal. Do not give in to “FUD”.

— Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.

Images courtesy AP

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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