IAF to Get Additional Power with Amended Anti-Hijacking Act

22 March 2010 (Last Updated March 22nd, 2010 18:30)

A proposed amendment to India's anti-hijacking laws will entrust the Indian Air Force with additional powers to protect the nation's airspace. The amendments will allow the IAF to dispatch fighters to stop any hijacked plane from taking off from Indian soil, according to The Wall Str

A proposed amendment to India's anti-hijacking laws will entrust the Indian Air Force with additional powers to protect the nation's airspace.

The amendments will allow the IAF to dispatch fighters to stop any hijacked plane from taking off from Indian soil, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The air force will also be allowed to force hijacked planes to land if they are in Indian airspace.

The Indian cabinet recently approved the amendments making anti-hijacking laws in the country tougher by strengthening the Anti-Hijacking Act of 1982.

Under the new changes the crime of hijacking will carry the death penalty.