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Kalam was frisked, made to wait at Delhi airport

New Delhi: Former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was frisked at the Delhi international airport by employees of an American airline when he was traveling to the US a month ago.

Sources at the airport said employees of Continental Airlines frisked Kalam in what is called the second line of security check. He was made to take off his shoes and asked to wait before being frisked.

The Central Industrial Security Force, which is in charge of overall security of the airport, and a protocol officer objected at the time but the US airlines insisted on frisking Kalam. The matter was raised with the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Tuesday said the incident would be probed and apologies would be asked for if "anybody is found wrong",.

"Whatever is needed, the government will do. I have just been told about this issue. If anybody is found wrong, they will have to tender an apology," said Patel.

India has a list of VIPs exempted from routine security checks and frisking. This is applicable even when they are travelling by commercial flights.

The list includes 18 VIPs including the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, former Presidents, Lok Sabha Speaker, Chief Ministers, Chief Justices of High Courts and the Cabinet Secretary.

My mission was to kill, take hostages: Kasab

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only gunman on trial for the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, on Tuesday told a court his handlers had instructed him to fire at people indiscriminately and take hostages at the city’s main railway terminus.

Kasab, who made a dramatic confession before special judge M L Tahilyani on Monday, said his handlers had given him detailed instructions for the attack on the CST Railway Terminus.

“I want to give a message to perpetrators across the border,” said Kasab.

Judge Tahilyani then adjourned the court for Tuesday, as the prosecution wanted more time to go over Kasab's statements.

Kasab on Monday admitted before the court he was a Pakistani and narrated in chilling detail the events leading to the killing spree that left 180 people dead.

In a dramatic twist to the case, Kasab also recounted how he and his associates undertook the sea voyage from Karachi to Mumbai to attack 13 locations in Mumbai on the night of November 26, 2008.

He recounted how Lashkar-e-Toiba militants had trained him and then packed him for the attack on Mumbai.