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HM express concern over modified power banks at airports

14 November 2017

IMPHAL | Nov 13

A letter from union ministry of home affairs to DGPs of all states has addressed around 28 incidents of suspected modified power banks recovered at airports by the central security agencies.

The modified power banks are locally made with putty, or clay used to fix glasses on iron windows, to fill the cavity and make them heavy. But this gives a scanning image of an IED during screening and the electronic circuit present further creates panic for the screener.

Some of the power banks have been found to be genuine. They were seized and disposed of and the passengers were allowed to go without registration of cases.

The clay-like item is not an explosive, but there are possibilities that terrorists or anti-national elements can use it to further their intentions at airports, the letter said.

        

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