Following an intelligence input from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), security in and around Mumbai airport has been increased. With the Republic Day approaching and the country on high alert, the BCAS has warned that anti-national elements could possibly use computer cartridges to create explosions.
According to sources, the BCAS has also asked security agencies and airlines to be very strict while scanning cargo boxes as they received tip-offs about explosives being planted inside them.
Intelligence agencies believe that terrorists could replace the ink in cartridges with explosives and fool the airport security. An alert regarding the same has been circulated at all airports in the country.
According to sources in security agencies, such threats increase during major occasions and national holidays like the Republic Day.
Last year, security agencies had issued an intelligence threat claiming that certain terrorists might use cars and break the security cordon to get inside the airport and launch a terror attack or hijack a plane.
An intelligence input that security agencies have been dealing with for years is that terrorists could get inside Juhu airport, which presently does not have even a single armed guard, take over a helicopter and then launch an attack.