Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police have begun a comprehensive probe into the recovery of a crude explosive from the cargo section of a Kingfisher flight here with focus
on “security lapses”.
The Bangalore police, Civil Aviation Department and Central Intelligence agencies would help in the investigations considering the seriousness of the case, highly placed police
sources told PTI today.
The “country-made bomb like object” of the size of a cricket ball containing 30 gms of ‘gunpowder’, wrapped in two layers of paper, one of which was a page from the Thiruvananthapuram edition of a Malayalam newspaper, was found yesterday on the plane that arrived from Bangalore here with 31 people on board, raising security concerns.
As part of the probe, a three-member team led by Police Commissioner M R Ajaya Kumar rushed to Bangalore last evening itself to view the Close Circuit TV recordings at the airport there to ascertain details of the passengers who flew in the flight and ground-handling staff including cargo loaders.
Similarly, a Bangalore police team is expected to be here later today to collect such details from the city airport.
“We will be collecting all the details from both the airports for analysis. We will be helped by other agencies concerned. However, as the detection was done here, the state
police will be playing a vital role in investigations and pursuance of the case,” a police officer said.
The probe would look into all aspects of the case like how and where it got into the aircraft’s cargo hold, where it (the object) was contrived and from where the material used for it was purchased.
The CISF, in charge of the airport security, would be holding an internal inquiry to ascertain if there were any loopholes in their system, sources said.
Police would file an FIR in a local court in the case today.