Prime News, National, Karnataka, Mangaluru, January 20:- A tense situation prevailed in Mangaluru on Monday after a suspicious and unattended bag was found near the ticket counters of the Mangaluru International Airport. After being alerted, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is maintaining the security of the airport, cordoned off the area.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha rushed to the airport along with a police team. An extensive search operation began with the help of bomb disposal and dog squads and metal detectors.
“The CISF had found a suspicious bag, handled it as per the safety protocols and quickly informed the police control room. We have placed the bag in the isolation bay as per the safety protocol,” Harsha later said in a video message.
The police commissioner said the citizens had been kept away from the bag, adding that the situation was peaceful and the police were taking all precautions.
According to some reports, two persons had come in an autorickshaw and placed the bag there. Police said they are verifying the CCTV footage.
The suspicious bag is being shifted to Kenjauru Ground where it is likely to be deactivated.
A bomb diffusing squad from Bengaluru has rushed to Mangaluru to take stock of the situation.
No sooner the news spread like wildfire, a red alert was sounded across the state. According to sources, security has been tightened at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru and important locations. An important tourist city, Mysuru has also been placed on high alert. The police are leaving no stone unturned and are checking all the suspicious vehicles that are entering the city.
Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said security has been tightened across the state in view of the bomb threat. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)