Visakhapatnam: After the attack on AP Leader of oppostion, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the airport lounge of the Visakhapatnam airport, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has stepped up security across airports in the country.
As this case was the first of its kind in the country, new guidelines have been issued to employees working at the restaurants and other counters saying they must posses a valid passport. Till now, passes were issued to them along with the identity cards issued by the employer.
The security of prominent people was put at risk because of passes to people. To address these lapses, new security measures are being put in place. All this while, entering an airport area even high security ones with passes and recommendations was possible.
With the passes issued prior to the guidelines, people could walk all over the airport apart from the runway. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the chief of YSRCP was attacked on October 25, in visakhpatnam airport by Janupalli Srinivas working at fusion foods restaurant. After this incident, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and other higher officials were jolted and came up with a decision to tighten the security measures at the airport. Now, it's mandatory to have an Aadhar card number. Only personal secretary or a helper with valid documents would be allowed.
The new guidelines in place have been initiated by BCAA after Chief Minister Chandrababu’s visit. He was at the airport lounge on monday as part of his Srikakulam tour, Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and his followers were not allowed into the lounge, he later bought the ticket to meet Chandrababu in the lounge.
Visakha North MLA, BJP floor leader P.VishnuKumar Raju and Visakha West MLA Ganababu were allowed as they were part of airport advisory committee. From now on officials, who follow CM are also not going to be allowed. Nearly 43 employees sent request letters to Visakhapatnam RDO to allow them into the airport, none of them was accepted, even minister's reference had been knocked down.
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