Mock hijack drill in Goa ahead of Chidambaram’s visit

August 12th, 2011 - 10:40 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram Panaij, Aug 12 (IANS) Three days before union Home Minister P. Chidambaram is scheduled to land at Goa’s Dabolim naval airbase, authorities here conducted an intensive mock hijack drill involving the military, and the central and state government authorities.

The mock drill, conducted late on Thursday, involved a simulated exercise in which an Air India aircraft was “hijacked by anti-national elements seeking a number of demands”, an official central government release issued Friday said.

Central government agencies, including the elite National Security Guard (NSG), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Indian Navy and state police and administration officials also participated in the exercise which lasted for several hours, the release further said.

Chidambaram is scheduled to visit Goa for a few hours Aug 14 to participate in a state government function in which freedom fighters from Goa would be felicitated as part of the completion of 50 years of liberation of Goa from Portuguese yoke.

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