Centre sanctions security cover of over 150 armed CISF commandos for Ayodhya airport
An armed contingent of more than 150 CISF personnel under the command of a deputy commandant-rank officer has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for securing the Ayodhya airport.
NEW DELHI: The Centre has sanctioned a security cover of more than 150 CISF personnel for the Ayodhya airport, days before the high-profile consecration ceremony at the Ram temple on January 22, official sources have said.
The “Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham” is the country’s 68th civil airport terminal to come under the umbrella of the specialised Aviation Security Group (ASG) of the central force.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will provide an anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage cover to the airport that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2023, the sources said on Tuesday.
The force will frisk passengers, check their baggage and secure the perimeter of the facility, they said.
An armed contingent of more than 150 CISF personnel under the command of a deputy commandant-rank officer has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for securing the Ayodhya airport that will be enhanced in phases over the 821-acre land sanctioned for it, the sources added.
A review by central security and intelligence agencies recommended a professional security cover for the airport like the one provided by the CISF.