Many airports in southern India have been put on high alert, after a letter warned of ‘terrorist attacks’ on airports in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The anonymous letter, which was found at a counter at Thiruchirapalli airport in Tamil Nadu, said that ‘Al-Qaeda’ terrorists had planted explosives at Chennai and three other airports in Tamil Nadu and also in few other airports in Kerala. The police have been put on high-alert and the security in Madurai, Trichy, Chennai, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Calicut and Cochin airports has been tightened to prevent any untoward incidents. Mr. A. Subramaniam, a top intelligence officer in Tamil Nadu, said that such warnings cannot be taken lightly in the current sensitive situation around the globe.

Security has also been beefed-up in Bangalore airport, even though the letter said nothing about attacks on Bangalore airport. All domestic airlines operating in the region have been asked to take necessary anti-hijacking measures and make frisking more stringent. Passengers bound to and fro from southern Indian cities have been advised to report early at airports, as they may have to go through many security checks, which could take more time than usual. The Civil Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation are closely reviewing the situation and have ordered that all security systems should be in place in all Indian airports.

In the recent past, Indian intelligence services have unearthed and disrupted many plans by terrorists to attack soft-targets in south India, which is believed to be the economic-hub of India, since many large manufacturing and service industries are situated in this region.  

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