Four armed robbers struck at the cargo depot of the high security domestic airport on Monday early morning and escaped with gold and silver coins worth over Rs 55 lakh. The robbers attacked a security guard who had challenged them. The guard later died in hospital.
Police continued to be clueless about the identity of the robbers even as a state-wide alert was sounded.
Sanjay Prakash, senior commandant Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said, “It is first of kind incident of daring robbery in the cargo area.”
According to airport police at 10:30 am, a consignment of six boxes containing gold and silver coins was brought to the Air India’s cargo section by Dilip Borkar (63), a clerk with National Refinery Pvt Ltd. A peon and a driver also accompanied him from their office in Jogeshwari. The consignment was about to be flew down to Hyderabad for Pidilite Industries Limited.
Borkar, who later lodged the complaint of robbery, told the police that two young men armed with revolvers attacked them from behind.
They first brandished the revolver at them and the other stood guard and also hit few of the workers including Borkar with the butt of the revolver. “With the blow on my left eyes, I fell on the ground,” Borkar told Hindustan Times.
The accused then pushed four of the boxes inside the waiting white coloured Indica car and tried to escape from the exit point of the Air India gate. “Regaining my posture I tried to see the car number, but could not see it clearly as I had lost my spectacles during the fall,” he added.
Borkar and others then shouted for the help. Hearing them scream, S D Bhosle, a senior security guard at the gate tried to stop the speeding car, but was dragged by the escaping car for at least 50 metres and then run over. Bhosle died in a hospital later in the evening.
Though the crime spot is just 250 metres away from the airport police station, it took a police team more than 15 minutes to reach the spot. Also there are CISF, local police and private guards keeping check on the area, who too failed to stop the car. The police suspect an insider’s job in the racket.
The police confirmed that their were no CCTVs at the spot, which has hindered their investigation. Witnesses said the accused entered the premises in the white colour car with markings of a tourist vehicle through the Jet Airways entry point.