November 13, 2006
A rabid dog attacked four people during a three-hour chase around New Delhi airport on Saturday, according to a report in the Times of India. The screams of the first victim to be bitten, a passenger, alerted airport staff, who gave chase. They could not prevent the dog from biting three others – two airline staff and a petrol pump attendant. A paramilitary guard finally managed to grab the dog, which was handed to an animal care group.
The report, which has not been independently verified, did not say how officials knew the dog was rabid nor how it entered the airport.
Mumbai train commuters searched in anti-terror drill
13 Nov 2006
MUMBAI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of train commuters in India's financial hub were frisked on Monday in a massive drill to check the preparedness of a city that has faced repeated bomb attacks.
The security exercise comes four months after bombs on Mumbai's teeming railway network killed 186 people, an attack blamed by police on an Islamist militant group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.
Security experts say India's vast railway network that carries some 14 million passengers every day is a soft target for militants, who placed bombs on the luggage racks of unchecked trains and platforms in Mumbai in the July 11 attacks.
Some 700 people were also wounded in those attacks.
"We want to know if we have the wherewithal to check each and every passenger travelling through Churchgate station should there be a need to do so in future," Satyaprakash, a senior railway official who uses only one name, told Reuters.
India has also tightened security at its airports following a warning from the FBI that a plane flying to the United States or Europe could be hijacked.
Officials said they were reviewing airport security, and will soon install cameras and more hi-tech gadgets to develop a database of passengers, visitors and vehicles.
The three-day drill in Mumbai began on Sunday at the Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji terminuses where suburban and long distance trains bring about 2.5 million passengers every day into Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital.
Rush hour commuters stood patiently in long queues to pass through metal detectors as dogs sniffed around and hundreds of policemen repeatedly checked baggage.
"About 1,000 people enter and exit each of the stations every minute. So you can understand what a huge drill it is," Suresh Khopre, a railway police officer, told reporters.