New Delhi: Stepping up its anti-hijacking measures at all airports and airlines of the country, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to make amendments in The Anti-Hijacking Act 1982 . The ministry has decided to introduce strict norms in case of unlawful seizure of aircrafts and matter connected there with.

The recent incident of frisking faced by former President APJ Abdul Kalam at New York airport, has drawn the attention of the aviation ministry towards security arrangements at major airports of the country.

In a meeting chaired by the Secretary, aviation ministry, Dr Naseem Zaidi, amendments to be made in the existing act were proposed infront of the senior officials of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India (BCAS), Air India and Delhi International Airports Limited.

According to the sources, the officials have put forth strict norms to avoid hijacking and related offences. It includes strict punishment like imprisonment for life or death penalty for those who take control of aircrafts or hijack such aircrafts.

Besides, the authority is mulling to introduce new Aircraft Rules 2011. The notification for this will be issued soon. If the sources are to be believed, with the implementation of new rules, the check- in process in airports will become stricter. More so, advance technology will be applied to avoid any unlawful activity.

After December 1999 incident when hijackers commandeered an Indian airliner with more than 150 passengers onboard forcing pilots to fly to Kandahar, Afghanistan, the aviation ministry has taken serious note of security measures at airports.

As informed by BCAS officials, over 16,000 officers are trained this year to beef up security at airports and security arrangements at various airports are being reviewed. Meanwhile, a committee has been appointed to keep a tab on the screening of vehicles inside airport premises.

JPN/Bureau