The J&K police on Monday blamed the Indian Air Force personnel for the breach of security that led to two youths driving up to the tarmac of the highly protected airport here. The duo had taken their vehicle to the runway in the technical area, declared out of bounds even for VVIPs except for the President and the Prime Minister.
The youths- Parvaiz Ahmad Dar and Mudasir Ahmad Mir of Handwara in Kupwara district- entered the heavily guarded airport on May 9 around 3pm through Rangreth gate, manned by IAF personnel, SP (Budgam), Uttam Chand, said. “However, we let off them off a day later after being convinced that they had no intention to cause any harm,” he said.
While IAF officials refused to comment on the security lapse, the defence spokesperson of Northern Command said the army had asked for a report from those who were on security duty at the technical area at that time.
The vehicle was spotted near the runway by men from the anti-hijacking squad of J&K police soon after a flight from Delhi landed, SP (anti-hijacking squad), Abdul Rashid, said. “During questioning, the duo said they had entered through the military gate not knowing the entrance to the passenger terminal. We had handed them over along with their guests- Khalid Farooq Bhat and Mohammad Shafi Bhat- to police,” he said.
“We let them off the next day after finding them innocent and that they had entered the restricted area out of ignorance,” the Budgam SP said.
But intelligence officials didn’t rule out the youths having feigned ignorance and questioned their release without a thorough probe. They said Parvaiz and Mudasir are doing an aviation course in New Delhi and it seemed unlikely that the two would not have known the entry to civil terminal through the Humhama area. Their driving up to the tarmac raised eyebrows.
IAF officials confirmed that the duo had deposited their identity cards and driving licence at the gate while entering the airport.
via The Times of India.