Authorities of Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport have restricted the entry of visitors to the airport for a week following the terror attack at Pathankot airbase in Punjab and intelligence reports suggesting possibilities of similar strikes by terrorists in other major cities.
Airport director, Sharad Kumar said the entry of all visitors has been banned and only passengers with valid tickets would be allowed to enter the airport. He said this order would remain effective for seven days.
He also said the airport authorities have also intensified security measures. “The CISF personnel deployed in the airport are ready to face any untoward incident. Besides, we are in regular touch with the State Police,” he added.
Talking about security measures, police commissioner RP Sharma said keeping the Pathankot air base attack incident in view, the city police has heightened its alertness level.
“Instructions have been given to the field officers to gather information from the areas under their jurisdiction and keep an eye on the movement of suspicious and outside elements. The intelligence apparatus of the commissionerate police has been put on high alert. We are in touch with other allied intelligence agencies to collect any such information at the earliest possible. Besides, the response team of the commissionerate police has been put on high alert to immediately deal with any eventuality,” Sharma said.