Indian Air Force (IAF) authorities at the Srinagar International Airport have sought increased presence of police in sensitive villages located around the airfield, citing security reasons.
According to sources, the matter was taken up by senior IAF officers with Kashmir Divisional Commissioner during a meeting recently.
Air Force officers suggested the use of the state police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) for this purpose.
Srinagar International Airport is also known as Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport (after 15th century Kashmiri mystic Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali). The airport was granted international status by the Union Cabinet on January 27, 2005.The first international flight to land at the airport was an Air India flight from New Delhi on February 14, 2009.
The airport is jointly operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Indian Air Force (IAF).