Scare on Delhi-Goa flight over ‘terrorists’ on board

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Panic broke out on board a Delhi-Goa flight when a passenger received up from his seat and screamed that there terrorists had been on board the aircraft. The man, who was later recognized as a resident of Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, additionally claimed to be from the Special Cell, Delhi Police’s anti-terror unit.

The man was detained shortly because the flight made a precedence touchdown at Goa airport on Thursday. Senior cops stated the person was identified to be mentally unstable and despatched to hospital for therapy. HT will not be naming the passenger resulting from his psychological health points.

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The incident happened at 3.15pm on Air India flight AI-883. According to the officers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), that secures the airports, when the flight was about to land in Goa airport, the person received up and shouted: “There are terrorists in this flight”.

As different passengers panicked, flight crew tried to intervene. When they requested the person to take a seat down calmly, he instructed them he was from the Special Cell of Delhi Police. An official conscious of the incident stated the person didn’t flip violent on the aircraft and was calmed down by the crew.

The matter was reported to the chief pilot, who alerted Goa Air Traffic Control (ATC) and requested precedence touchdown, citing an emergency. The flight was given a precedence touchdown slot by the ATC, which knowledgeable the Airport Operation Control Centre (AOCC) that in flip alerted the CISF and Goa police.

“Soon, as the flight landed safely at Goa airport, the CISF commandos detained the man at the aero-bridge itself. He was escorted to the Dabolim police station by the CISF staff and the members of Air India’s security staff,” stated a senior CISF officer, who didn’t want to be named.

Air India declined to touch upon the matter.

Pankaj Kumar Singh, superintendent of police, (south Goa), stated the person didn’t appear to be mentally match.

“He was travelling alone. When we tried to question him on his act, he did not seem to be fine. We got him medically examined and he was sent to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) in Bambolim, Goa on doctor’s advice. No case has been registered against him so far,” Singh stated.

During the preliminary investigation, the police discovered that the person had been below therapy for schizophrenia for the previous three years.

“We contacted his family members, who told us that he had been staying alone for past few months. They said he had studied business administration after which he slipped into depression and is being treated for schizophrenia. They also said that he had stopped taking his medicines recently..,” stated a south Goa police officer who didn’t wish to be named.

[Attribution HT]

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