The Central Industrial Security Force, apart from guarding the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), the most sensitive in the country, has a new role now: to keep a watch on the secret love lives of its staff.
The CISF has been lending its ears to complaints from disgruntled spouses of its staff members about their affairs with colleagues. It even conducts inquiries, relying on proof from CCTV footage and inputs from its intelligence unit about the personnel of interest, sources said.
“There have been cases where spouse of the staff calls us to inform about the extra marital affair of their husband or wife,” said a senior CISF official, requesting anonymity.
In a recent incident, a middle-aged woman staff and a male colleague were casually chatting with each other away from their designated spot during duty hours at the airport, unaware that they were being watched.
The force had been monitoring the man following a complaint from his family about an affair. “We called the two of them for an explanation. They initially denied having an affair. But when we showed them footage, they accepted it. They were then transferred out to two different sectors,” the official added.
The man even admitted that he was married, said the officer.
“We have nothing to do with what our staff do after duty hours. But in many cases, men and women interact during duty hours,” the CISF official said.
Around 4,000 CISF personnel are fanned out across the two terminals at the Delhi Airport. The come from various parts of the country.
“If the staff leaves his or her area of duty, it becomes a security concern. We have to take action in such cases,” said the official.
Furthermore, the CISF often receives RTI queries from family members who want to know specifics about the duty hours and place of stay of staff members, said sources.
“This is probably done to check whether the staff is lying to his or her family. In most cases, the spouse wants to know whether their husband or wife is living in official residence. Many of the staff members opt for independent residence and tell their spouse, who may be living in different part of the country, that they are living alone in official residence,” the official added.
RTI queries in the CISF also serve as a common verification tool in marriage proposals, sources said, as parents often use it to check if the staff member has revealed accurate salary details.