BAG WITH EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCE FOUND AT MANGALURU AIRPORT
Context: A bag containing an explosive substance with some basic features of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found near the ticket counter of Mangaluru International Airport on 20th January.
- The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) of the city police secured the bag in the morning, put it in a Threat Containment Vehicle and took it away to an open plot in Kenjar around a kilometre away.
- Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) manning the Airport security noticed the bag secured the area and isolated the bag. Dog Squad from the city police indicated an explosive material and BDS was immediately pressed into action.
AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
- An IED is a bombfabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy or incapacitate personnel or vehicles.
- It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery shell, attached to a detonating mechanism.
- IEDs are commonly used as roadside bombs.
- An IED has five components: a switch (activator), an initiator (fuse), container (body), charge (explosive), and a power source (battery).
- IEDs are extremely diverse in design and may contain many types of initiators, detonators, penetrators, and explosive loads.
CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY FORCE (CISF)
- The Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) (established in its present form: 15 June 1983) is a Central Armed Police Force in India.
- It was set up under an Act of the Parliament of Indiaon 10 March 1969 with strength of 2,800.
- CISF was subsequently made an armed force of the Republic of Indiaby another Act of Parliament passed on 15 June 1983.
- Among its duties are guarding sensitive governmental buildings, the Delhi Metro, and providing airport security.
- It is directly under the Union Ministry of Home Affairsand not the Ministry of Defence, its headquarters are at New Delhi.
- The CISF provides security cover to 300 industrial units, government infrastructure projects and facilities and establishments located all over India.
MANGALORE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- Mangalore International Airport is an international airport serving the coastal city of Mangalore, Karnataka.
- It is one of two international airportsin Karnataka, the other being Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore.
- Mangalore International Airport is the second busiest airport in Karnataka.
- In addition to domestic destinations, flights depart daily for major cities in the Middle East.
- The airport, then named Bajpe Aerodrome, was then opened on 25 December 1951when then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehruwhen arrived on a then Douglas DC-3