The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), responsible for airport security, has apprehended a Peru national — Jose Mareelino — for lifting bags from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
The development comes close on the heels of the arrest, on Wednesday, of Edier Jaidiber from Colombia (along with his four accomplices) for committing burglaries in south Delhi.
According to sources, the 57-year-old man was identified through CCTV footage and was nabbed on Wednesday evening, when he again went to the airport. “A woman passenger had, on March 8, complained to us about bag lifting from the terminal gate. We examined the CCTV footages and zeroed in on a man who left the area. On Wednesday, when he came back again, he was nabbed,” said a CISF official who didn’t want to be identified.
CISF has handed Mareelino over to Delhi Police, who haven’t yet arrested him. “We are interrogating him and examining the CCTV footage,” DCP (airport) RA Sanjeev said.
The Delhi Police, however, is not happy with the way CISF handled the case. “When the incident took place on March 8, they should have informed us. On March 14, we received a complaint from the victim’s relative and registered the FIR,” said a senior police officer.
Sources said that the woman passenger is a relative of a Supreme Court judge.
CISF spokesperson Rohit Katiyar confirmed the development. “The man has been apprehended and handed over to the local police,” he said.
When asked why the Delhi Police was not informed about the incident, a CISF official, requesting anonymity said, “The woman was not ready to lodge an official complaint. And the Delhi Police normally asks us to get the complaint in cases of bag lifting. We were working on our own to trace the accused.”