Tuesday , March 26 2019

NIA may take over Jet Airways emergency landing case

Senior NIA administrators said the agency can take up the instance only if the state police records the case under the anti-hijacking laws.


New Delhi: The NIA is in touch with Gujarat police and might take up the instance of a Jet Airways emergency landing in Ahmedabad that was allegedly the result of a memo found in the plane’s washroom that specified there were hijackers on board, agency’s chief Y C Modi said on this Monday.

Senior NIA administrators said the agency can take up the instance simply if the state police record the case under the anti-hijacking laws.

Modi, a 1984-batch IPS officer, who had taken over the reins of the nation’s premier anti-terror organization – the National Investigation Agency — told a press gathering that hijacking is a planned offence for the NIA.

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The Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways plane had made an emergency landing after a memorandum stating that there were hijackers and even a bomb on board was found in the flight’s washroom.

Plane 9W 339 that had taken off from Mumbai at 2.55 AM with around 115 passengers and 7 crew members, landed without happening at Ahmedabad about 3.45 AM. The Boeing 737-900 plane was parked at a distant bay and all 122 individuals on board securely deplaned.

Birju Kishore Salla, the man apparently behind the scare, has been imprisoned by the Ahmedabad police.

“We are in association with the state police. A call will be taken in a day or two after the police record its FIR,” Modi said.

Questioned whether the agency plans to question top Hurriyat leaders in the money legalizing probe, Modi said the agency will proceed according to the proof gathered by it and as per the necessities of the investigation.

“For us nationwide interest is paramount. We will ensure keeping that in mind,” he stated when asked whether the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the Centre’s evocative for talks in Jammu and Kashmir will distress its probe.

Senior officials, yet, added that the decision to question will totally be of the agency.

On the query of the “love jihad” issue in Kerala, an NIA official stated that Kerala government had referred a list of 89 cases for the agency to probe.

The authorized said amid the 89 cases, it has identified nine cases that have “same” nature as that of the Hadiya case and in 6 cases it has scrutinized people involved.

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