Official CISF Induction Ceremony at KBR Airport Leh (05-Aug-2020)

Official CISF Induction Ceremony at KBR Airport Leh was held on 5th August 2020 in presence of Sh. Rajesh Ranjan, IPS, Director General (CISF). Sh. M A Ganapathy, IPS, Spl. DG Airport Sector (CISF). Sh V S Mann, IPS, IG Airport Sector (CISF). Sh RK Malik Executive Director (security), AAI. Sh Sudeep Kumar Sinha, DIG Airport (Northern Zone). Sh. Sanket Gaikwad, DC, CISF, CASO Leh Airport. Sh. Sonam Nurboo, Airport Director, AAI, Leh Airport at terminal building KBR Airport Leh. 

CISF has officially taken over the airport security from LADAKH POLICE and CRPF w.e.f 5th August 2020.

The CISF, the 1.62 lakh personnel strong paramilitary designated as the national civil aviation security force, will take over the Leh airport security after a formal induction ceremony scheduled for August 4, officials said.

CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan and senior officials of the AAI and Ladakh UT will be present during the event, they said.

The force has a special Aviation Security Group (ASG) to provide counter-terror cover to the airports and it has taken over such passenger facilities at Srinagar and Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) in February and March respectively.

Air India, Vistara, GoAir and SpiceJet operate commercial passenger flights between Leh and Delhi.

A new passenger terminal at the airport is being built at a cost of Rs 480 crore and is expected to be completed by September next year.

Handover of the three strategically important and sensitive airports of Srinagar, Jammu and Leh to the CISF was expedited after Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Davinder Singh was arrested from Srinagar in January while he was allegedly ferrying three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists to Chandigarh.

The CISF contingent at the Leh airport will provide 24×7 armed cover to the facility and will check passengers while approaching the facility, at the terminal gates followed by comprehensive checks and body frisking ahead of boarding a flight.

The troops will be armed with assault rifles like the AK series and the INSAS, and will man the airport perimeter from watch towers erected at vantage positions.

The Union Government has said that CISF will be the only civil airports guarding force and all such facilities in the country will be gradually brought under its command to bolster aviation security and tighten anti-terror and anti-hijack protocols.

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