Deepa Malik’s father B K Nagpal lost his wallet while he was waiting for her at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi in the wee hours of Saturday. The incident took place when the 74-year-old retired Colonel was waiting in the VIP area gate No 3 for other army officials and family members ahead of Malik’s arrival.
“Around 2.30am, when he was standing near the crowd to welcome her, someone picked his wallet the back pocket of the trousers,” said Devika Malik, Nagpal’s granddaughter and Deepika’s daughter.
The family said the wallet had Nagpal’s identity card, Aadhaar card, debit cards and money.
Within two hours of the incident, Nagpal received an SMS alert from his bank that a transaction had been declined as a wrong PIN was entered. The family immediately reported the matter to police and a complaint was lodged.
“It is shocking. The incident took place despite such tight security arrangement. My father had come to receive me. He also had to attend an army function on Sunday,” said Deepa Malik.
This was not the only such incident reported from the airport at that time. At least three cellphones and wallets of serving army officials were picked as they waited to welcome Malik.
One of the army officers who lost his phone said, “I had kept my phone in the front pocket. It is so shocking that the incident took place despite such heavy security arrangements.”
The family members said they are hopeful that police will nab the culprit soon.
“The SMS alert sent by the bank will provide the location of the accused. CCTV footage can also help the investigation,” Devika said.
A senior police officer at the airport police station said B K Nagpal filed an e-FIR and the matter is being investigated.