Man ‘hijacks’ cab, tries to enter Delhi airport

NEW DELHI: There was at the on Thursday night when a tried to the he was travelling in to into the airport. The man was, however, overpowered by alert CISF personnel at the barricade. Two were fired to deter him, officials said.
There is a tight security dragnet at IGI due to the Independence Day celebrations.

Around 11pm, police received a PCR call about a shooting at a CISF checkpost towards Terminal 3. “The cab driver stepped out after being stopped by the officers. However, the passenger immediately took the driver’s seat and tried to steer the car through the gate. He was overpowered by CISF officers. During the scuffle, the officers fired two shots in the air,” a senior police officer said.

Police said the man was found in an intoxicated state and could not provide valid reasons for wanting to gain entry. “He was not in his senses,” the officer said.

CISF confirmed the incident and said it took four men to pin down the accused. “It appears that the accused person used to be a bodyguard earlier and we had a tough time bringing him under control. He was too drunk to respond to our questions,” said the official.

The accused, identified as Shankar (27), is a resident of south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar. “He has been booked under sections 186, 353 and 332 of IPC and investigations are on,” the police said.

In another case on Tuesday, a businessman was arrested by CISF for shouting “bomb” while waiting in line for the boarding gate. On Friday, CISF officers foiled a security breach at the airport when they apprehended an Italian man for allegedly carrying an unauthorised satellite phone. L D Giorgi was apprehended by CISF personnel after the satellite phone was detected in his baggage. He was bound for Amsterdam, a CISF officer said.

The man was handed over to , as carrying a satellite phone is against the law. Only defence and other authorised personnel were allowed to posses the communication gadget, the official said.

On Saturday, a South Korean national was apprehended at the IGI airport for the same offence.
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