5 Dec : Reported hearing of gun shots in the wee hours created a scare at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday in New Delhi after which security was further tightened while normal functioning of the airport was disrupted for some time.Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), armed with sophisticated weapons, swung into action along with Delhi Police personnel immediately after the reported incident.
"Sounds were heard by our people deployed at the city side (of the airport) which appeared to them as gun shots," said Udhayan Banerjee, DIG, CISF, which provides airport security.The firing of two gun shots was heard at around 1.15 am near gate no 4, but there was no eyewitness and no cartridge shells were found.
The functioning of the airport was disrupted for about 40 minutes.Adding to the drama, a white Qualis car, during the intensive checking drive, jumped the queue and sped away.
A police Gypsy gave a chase to the Qualis with a Haryana number plate but lost it after some time.Asked whether the registration number of the car had been noted, Banerjee said, "We are not really sure about the
number plate but I was told it was an HR (Haryana) registered vehicle." Delhi and Haryana police forces are on the look out for the white vehicle.The airport was already on alert following intelligence warning that there could be a terror attack or a hijack around the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition which falls on Saturday.