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Union cabinet clears new anti-hijacking bill

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 July 2015, 11:20 IST

The union cabinet has cleared a comprehensive anti-hijack bill which provides a death penalty for hijackers even in the event of casualties.

The anti-hijacking bill

  • Sixteen years after the Indian Airlines hijacking from Kathmandu to Kandahar, the Cabinet cleared tough measures to be added to the anti-hijacking bill 2014. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Besides broadening the definition of hijacking, the anti-hijacking bill 2015 provides enhanced punishments to the perpetrators, and widens the area of jurisdiction.
  • The perpetrators of the act (hijacking) would now be punishable with a death penalty should the hijacking result in the death of any person. The act also provides for the confiscation of movable and immovable properties of the offenders.
  • The definition of hijacking has been widened to include in its purview individuals acting in concert with hijackers.
  • The anti-hijacking bill 2014, introduced in the Rajya Sabha in December last year, was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture.
  • In the earlier bill, hijackers could be awarded a death penalty only in the event of the death of hostages, such as flight crew, passengers and security personnel.
  • The Parliamentary panel submitted its report in March 2015, suggesting various changes including making hoax calls a punishable offence and providing adequate compensation for victims of hijacking.
  • The committee also asked the government to look at adequate definition of the terms hostage and security personnel.
First published: 30 July 2015, 11:24 IST