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Parliament Clears Anti-Hijacking Bill 2016
May 11, 2016

Lok Sabha has passed the Anti-Hijacking Bill 2016 on May 9. The new bill has a few changes that further tightens the grasp on hijacking issues. Rajya Sabha had already passed the bill.

  • The definition of hijacking now also includes technological intervention and intimidation and also adds the provision of death penalty for the hijacker.

  • For the first time, in this Bill, this technological means of electronic warfare has been mentioned.

  • Taking both technology and manpower as tools to fight hijacking, the changes in the bill will cover all probable aspects of a hijack situation.

  • The Anti-Hijacking Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on December 17 in 2014.

  • The bill repeals the Anti-Hijacking Act of 1982 and implements the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft, 1970, and its Protocol Supplementary, signed on September 10, 2010.

  • Hijacking of a commercial aircraft means illicitly and intentionally seizing control of an aircraft in service, by technological means or force, coercion or any other form of intimidation.

  • An aircraft is considered to be in service from the time it is prepared for a flight by the crew and ground staff until 24 hours after its landing.

  • Under the bill, any aid to the hijacker will be prosecuted for abetting the crime.

  • Making a credible threat to commit hijack is also an offence.

  • Directing someone else to commit or agreeing with the crime is also an offence under the Anti-Hijacking Bill.

  • Hijacking is a non-bailable crime under the bill.

Punishment for Hijacking

  • Death penalty in case of the death of hostage or crew

  • Life imprisonment in all other cases

  • Confiscation of all movable and immovable property of the hijacker.

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