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Three airport staffers held for stealing items from baggage

Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 05, 2013
First Published: 00:41 IST(5/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:42 IST(5/4/2013)

Here’s a ray of hope for passengers who lost their belongings while travelling from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The Delhi Police have busted a gang of thieves who were working in the inline baggage system department and used to steal electronic items from passengers’ baggage while scanning it.

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The arrest of three airport employees has led to a recovery of 10 mobile phones and three cameras stolen from passengers’ bags. More recoveries are expected. Since there is a possibility that many victims have filed complaints in other police stations, the police are now trying to trace the owners.

The arrest came following a complaint filed by an Air India official last week. “Air India received a complaint from a passenger, who had travelled from Pune to Lucknow via Delhi. “His Samsung phone, Canon camera and some cash was missing from his registered baggage. During an internal inquiry, Air India asked the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to analyse the CCTV footage,” a senior police officer said.

 In the footage, the movement of an employee — Ranjeet Rai — was found to be suspicious and he was called in for questioning. “Rai admitted to have stolen items from passengers’ baggage and revealed the names of his two colleagues — Anand and Jagdish Kumar. All three have been arrested,” the officer added.

While the police recovered one camera and seven mobile phones of different brands from Rai, the remaining items were recovered from the other two. The police said that Rai had sold these items to them.

“Rai was shifted to the inline baggage system department recently and we believe that he had targeted over a dozen passengers in two weeks. He used to steal items from unlocked baggages as he did not have time to break open locks, ” the officer further said.


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