Lost at Patna airport, CISF recovers passenger’s gold bracelet from Ranchi

A Patna-based doctor couple has been found guilty of the ‘theft’. The duo was, however, let off with a warning after obtaining a confessional statement, as the claimant did not press any charge against the couple, the CISF said. 

india Updated: Feb 06, 2018 19:20 IST
Ruchir Kumar
Ruchir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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The CISF at Patna airport contributed to recovery of lost items worth Rs 42.35 lakh in 2017. (HT File Photo)

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has helped a Delhi-bound flier find his high-value gold bracelet, which he lost at the Patna airport, within an hour from a doctor couple in Ranchi.

The bracelet had slipped out of the hand of Rakesh Kumar Ahuja, an executive vice-president of New Delhi-based Angelique International Limited, when he was keeping his cabin bag for X-ray screening inside the security hold area (SHA) of the Patna airport.

“The CISF communicated me about the recovery of my bracelet even before my flight got airborne for Delhi. I will reward the CISF when I come to collect my lost bracelet,” Ahuja, who works for the engineering procurement and construction company, said.

Ahuja, travelling to Delhi by Jet Airways flight 9W 373, realised that he had lost the bracelet while sitting in the executive lounge after the security check. He immediately informed the CISF personnel, who went through the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage to track down the culprit.

The Patna-based doctor couple was found guilty of the “theft”. The footage accessed by the CISF revealed that the couple – a paediatrician and a psychiatrist — whose identity the Hindustan Times has withheld, picked up the gold bracelet inside the security hold area at the Patna airport.

The couple, who boarded a Patna-Ranchi-Bangalore GoAir flight (G8 272), was intercepted immediately after deboarding at Ranchi airport. The two initially denied they had anything to do with it but admitted to picking up the bracelet after CISF personnel said they had footage to prove their charge and would press charges against them.

They were, however, let off with a warning and a confessional statement as Ahuja did not press any charge against them, the CISF said.

The CISF, a paramilitary force in charge of security of 59 airports across the country, has retrieved many such lost articles including laptop, mobile, jewellery and cash and given them back to passengers, who leave them in the SHA.

“We recovered lost articles worth over Rs 120 crore across different airports of the country in the last three years. Last year itself, the recovery peaked at Rs 50.05 crore. Prior to that, the value of recovered items was Rs 32.41 crore and Rs 38.44 crore in 2015 and 2016, respectively,” CISF inspector general (airport sector) Rajiv Ranjan Sahay said.

The CISF contributed to the recovery of articles worth Rs 42.35 lakh in 2017 at Patna airport. Last month, a bag containing Rs 96,000 in cash was also recovered.

The force was entrusted with the responsibility to provide security to Indian airports following the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 from Kathmandu on December 24, 1999.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 17:02 IST