Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crude awakening for Thiruvananthapuram

Bangalore: A high-level committee headed by a deputy commissioner of police, Jolly Cherian, will probe the low-intensity country-made bomb found in Kingfisher flight IT-4731 that landed at the Trivandrum International Airport from Bangalore on Sunday morning.

The Government of Kerala ordered security agencies to conduct a thorough probe into the lapses at the airport.

�It is a serious security lapse. We have directed the security agencies to look into this, Keralas law minister M Vijayakumar said.

The �country-made bomb like object� of the size of a cricket ball containing 30gm of gunpowder was found wrapped in two layers of paper: a page from the Thiruvananthapuram edition of a Malayalam newspaper and an SSLC model examination question paper.

Taking serious note of the issue, a three-member team led by Thiruvananthapuram city police commissioner MR Ajith Kumar visited Bangalore on Sunday to view the close circuit television camera recordings at the airport to ascertain details of the passengers who flew in the flight and ground-handling staff, including cargo loaders. The team returned on Monday.

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