When Atal Bihari Vajpayee Confronted A Chemical Bomber To Save People

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undoubtedly the most influential and powerful leader in the lead or in the opposition. It was early 1992, Vajpayee was at Lucknow because of the presidential rule in Uttar Pradesh. He was about to start his lunch, after he met the party’s volunteers. District Magistrate Ashok Priyadarshi banged the door of his room, he broke the news of an airplane hijack to the people in the room while gasping.

On 22 January 1992, a miscreant hijacked an aircraft of Indian Airplane who took off from Lucknow to Delhi. He threatened everyone by saying that he has a chemical bomb and he wanted that the plane should be turned towards Lucknow. The pilot informed the ATC of Lucknow that, “the plane has been hijacked”. ATC kept the plane in air for one hour, and then, the plane with fourty-eights passengers on board landed again on Lucknow Airport.

Indian Airlines aircraft
Indian Airlines aircraft

As soon as the information reached everyone, it was a tense atmosphere. People were feeling scared and then the DM told that the hijacker wanted to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee. and if he doesn’t go there, the plane can be bombed. On hearing the complete situation, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji headed silently towards his car and left for the airport. Hijacker was in constant touch with the ATC but his only wish was to meet Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee reached ATC, he spoke with the hijacker but he didn’t recognize his voice. Vajpayee decided to go inside the plane. He boarded a gypsy towards the plane. Again, he tried to set up communication with the hijacker but he didn’t respond accordingly. It was clear that he wants Atal Bihari Bajpayee in the aircraft. Atal Bihari Vajpayee understood that he had to go inside the plane.

Laalji Tandon with Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Laalji Tandon with Atal Bihari Vajpayee

DM Laaji Tandon entered the aircraft first and than Atal Bihari Vajpayee followed by his bodyguards. The hostages were cheered up after seeing Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Laalji Tandon convinced the hijacker that Atal Ji is now in front of him, and he can touch his feet to get his wish fulfilled. When the hijacker was touching his feet, the bodyguards took over, neutralized and arrested him.

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