Travel Advisory: Bag Suspected to Contain RDX at T3 of Delhi Airport Finally Claimed!

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It has just been confirmed at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport that the bag found lying around in the wee hours of Friday, which was initially suspected to contain RDX, was in fact left behind by a passenger.

The Delhi Police stated that a call informing about the bag came in around 1.00 am. According to reports, an unattended black-coloured trolley bag was lying near pillar number 4. The suspicious bag was then obtained by CISF personnel near gate number 2 of the arrival terminal and was immediately removed from the spot and placed in a cooling pit.

No one was allowed to exit the arrival terminal for some time and the roads outside the T3 were also blocked for some time. With a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) team called in and the area cordoned off, the movement of vehicles and passengers was limited for a few hours.

After X-ray imaging, checking by a bomb detector and a dog, reports suggested that the contents of the bag may include RDX and some wiring. With the help of a Threat Containment Vehicle (TCV), the bag was then isolated and taken into the cooling pit around 3.00 am.

A thorough search of the arrival was then carried before finally resuming travel operations for passengers and vehicles at around 3.30 am.

The bag was placed under observation for the next 24 hours, the airport had resumed all operations as per schedule and the security had been tightened at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the wake of these events. However, after 16 hours of losing his bag, Shahid Hussain has finally claimed the bag. He had flown in from Mumbai early morning on Friday and had forgotten his bag near T3.

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