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Anti-Hijacking Bill tabled in Rajya Sabha amidst Uproar

New Delhi, Dec 17: The government on Wednesday introduced Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill 2010 in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar by opposition parties, who have been demanding a statement by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Conversion Row.

The Act states that hijacking of an aircraft shall be punishable with life imprisonment and fine. The Bill clarified that whether a person attempts or abets hijacking of an aircraft on his own or in cooperation with others, he will be considered to be a hijacker.

Earlier, the Bill was introduced in the upper house on August 19, 2010 by the then civil aviation minister Praful Patel. However, the bill was referred to the standing committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, which submitted its report on October 18, 2010.

The Bill amended the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982, which dealt with hijacking of aircraft, and provided criminal penalties in this regard.

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