Security scare, defused bomb found on PM Narendra Modi's standby jet

Written by Roudra Bhattacharya | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 4 2014, 17:35pm hrs
The discovery of a defused bomb on board Prime Minister Narendra Modi's standby Boeing 747 aircraft on early Saturday morning has uncovered a major security lapse within the Indian establishment tasked with protecting the top ring of government.

Sources said that a flight steward discovered a diffused grenade on board Air India flight 965 flying on the Mumbai-Hyderabad-Jeddah route. Commander N K Beri and First Officer Vikram Singh were the pilots of the flight.

"The bomb was found on the upper deck first class cabin and the matter was immediately reported to the authorities. This bring to light the startling security and administrative lapses within Air India for which the CMD and operations head need to be taken to task," a source close to the development said.

At the time of going to press, it was not clear how the bomb reached there and if it was part of a sabotage attack.