Crackdown on baggage handlers at IGI
Authorities at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have started a crackdown to prevent and catch baggage handlers who steal money and valuable items.delhi Updated: Jul 05, 2010 23:24 IST
Authorities at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have started a crackdown to prevent and catch baggage handlers who steal money and valuable items.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which looks after airport security, have caught six baggage handlers in the past one week for stealing stuff from registered bags of passengers stored in aircraft.
Last month, a mobile phone of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was stolen from his baggage while he was returning Delhi from Dubai.
On Monday, the bag of a senior official working for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs was tampered with and Rs 10,000 were stolen from it.
The official was returning to Delhi in an Air India flight from Thiruvananthapuram (IC 466).
“After viewing the CCTV camera footage, we closed in on three people who had access to the cargo hold area,” CISF spokesman Rohit Katiyar said.
The three handlers were summoned but only one of them appeared as the other two had already left the airport.
“The baggage handlers, working for a ground handling agency, Universal, were called back but nothing was found on them after they were frisked. After we checked their motorcycle, Rs. 10,000 were found along with a gold coin and a $100 note,” he said.
The baggage handlers, Kuldeep Kumar and Anup Kumar Rawat, were caught and handed over to Delhi Police.
They had opened three bags and stolen Rs.15,000 from one, Rs. 10,000 from the official’s bag and the $100 note, a gold coin and a gold chain, both weighing 5 grams, from another bag.
Two baggage handlers — Ravinder Kumar and Brijender Kumar, working for AV Expert, another ground handling agency — were caught on July 1 during a random search when they were found concealing three mobiles each in their socks of a brand Magic One.
On June 29, two workers of BWFS, which handles baggage loading for Kingfisher’s international flights, were caught for stealing mobile phones.
“The workers, Dharmendra Kumar and Rampal Singh, had stolen two Lava mobiles from a flight from Hong Kong,” Katiyar said.