An unclaimed leather bag full of cash and a signed blank cheque led to high drama at Mumbai airport on Saturday morning.
The bag — with Rs 4.6 lakh cash in denominations of 500 and 100 — was submitted to the airport authorities by the Central Industrial Security Force personnel who found no takers for it at one of the X–ray machines at Terminal 1B.
Senior airport officials were zapped to recover such a huge amount of cash — one of the largest seizures in recent times. With no clue over the bag’s ownership, it was deposited with the airport’s ‘lost and found’ section, said sources.
Around 3 pm, the airport authorities received a call from a passenger, Nadia Basak, who said he had lost his baggage at Mumbai airport.
Basak’s description of the bag bore a close resemblance to the one found. But the contents described by Basak did not match with the one found at the airport.
“It’s a big amount and we are responsible for its safe custody. As per our policy, we can entertain any claim only after due verification,” said a senior airport official.
The entire top brass of the airport was agitated over the matter and the legal department was consulted for the future course of action on the baggage.
Meanwhile, a passenger identified as Pradeep Korath, called from Calicut claiming that he had taken a wrong bag and in place left behind his own. Korath had flown in a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai on Saturday morning.
A Vasai-based businessman, Korath arrived at the airport around 4:30 pm and claimed the baggage.
The bag was handed over to Korath after he correctly identified its contents.
Consequently, the bag delivered by Korath was handed over to Jet Airways, which will deliver it to its rightful owner, Nadia Basak.