A bag with suspected explosive was found at the Delhi airport in the early hours of Friday, leading to restrictions in passenger movements for a couple of hours, officials said.
Preliminary inputs suggest the content of the bag to be RDX. It was checked by an explosive detector and a dog.
On recovery of explosive from the bag at the IGI Airport, CISF Special DG MA Ganapathy told India Today, “Information is preliminary. There has been detection but no confirmation on RDX till forensic tests are complete.”
The Delhi Police said a call was received around 1 am following which the bag was found by a CISF personnel near gate number 2 of the arrival terminal.
The bag, which was lying unattended near pillar number 4, was removed from the spot and kept in a cooling pit. Police swung into action immediately which caused panic among passengers, who were not allowed to exit the arrival terminal for some time. The roads outside the T3 were also blocked.
A Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) team was called in and the area was cordoned off. Movement of vehicles and passengers were also stopped for a few hours.
Around 1.30 am, the BDDS team reached the spot and acted as per the standard operating procedure (SOP). X-ray images of the bag were taken by the bomb squad, which were also not clear and found doubtful.
Preliminary inputs suggested the content of the bag to be RDX. It was checked by a bomb detector and a dog, which gave positive signals for explosives.
Subsequently, the baggage was safely taken to a cooling pit in isolation area with the help of a Threat Containment Vehicle (TCV) around 3 am.
“The bag was removed with the help of CISF and shifted to another place. It has not been opened yet. It seems like there are some electric wire inside it. We have increased the security of the airport premises,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport).
After a complete search of the arrival area was conducted by the CISF, movement of passengers and vehicles was resumed around 3.30 am.
However, the exact nature of the explosive is being ascertained, sources said. The explosive has been put under observation for the next 24 hours, only after which something certain about it could be said, they added.
It could be an explosive or an improvised explosive device (IED), but it is not clear at present, the sources said.
In the meantime, security has been tightened at the Delhi airport in view of the bomb threat.