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Airport goof-up: Man says guards didn’t stop him

delhi Updated: Mar 07, 2012 02:48 IST
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Indira Gandhi International Airport

In a shocking revelation, the 50-year-old man, arrested for security breach at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Monday, told the police that he had walked into the airside without showing any security card.

Ram Lakhan, a native of Patna, said the two personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were sitting at the gate and did not even ask him for a pass when he entered from gate number 11 at the airport.

Sources said Lakhan spent nearly 45 minutes at the airside before a Jet Airways’ employee noticed him.

“We examined the CCTV footage which shows that Lakhan was roaming near the Pune-bound Jet Airways flight. He entered the airside around 4:30 pm,” said a senior police officer not wishing to be named.

CISF, which is in the dock for the security breach, claimed that Lakhan had an expired Airport Entry Pass (AEP).

“Lakhan told the court that the CISF personnel only gave him the entry pass. Even if he was carrying a pass, the photograph pasted on it did not match his. He should have been stopped at the gate itself,” the official added.

Meanwhile, the CISF has ordered an investigation into the matter.

“Whosoever is found guilty will be punished. It is a matter of concern and the matter will be investigated properly,” a CISF officer said.

Lakhan also told the court that he had entered the airport to see the planes. He had arrived in Delhi from Patna on February 29 and was scheduled to return on March 7.

“He works with a security agency in Patna and was staying with his daughter at Kapashera. He was drunk at the time when he was caught,” the officer added. Lakhan has been booked for trespassing.