Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Thieves manage to beat airport security

Ahmedabad: Kunal Sharma (name changed to protect privacy), a passenger travelling from Sydney to Ahmedabad, last month, lost Rs 15,000 in cash and foreign currency worth Australian $1,000.
An FIR was registered. Sharma’s is not the only case of theft reported with cops at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport. Despite high security at the city airport, some five cases of theft of personal belongings of travellers were reported since September 2018 till date, said police sources.

A total of three cases of theft of cash and valuables were reported in January alone, which involved theft of items such as cash, jewellery, foreign currency, accessories and mobile phone cumulatively worth more than Rs 4.5 lakh.

When queried, Manoj Gangal, SVPI airport director, said, “There was one case of jewellery theft, which occurred in the flight.

Therefore, the airport authority does not come into picture here. No details of the other two cases reported in January are available readily with the airport authority.”

In September, two cases of theft were registered, in which one passenger lost his mobile phone while another passenger’s laptop worth Rs 40,000 was reported stolen.

Sources confirmed that over 100 security personnel are deployed at both the terminals of SVPI airport during peak hours. Despite this, cases of theft and lost baggage are frequently reported with airlines and airport authorities.
12/02/19 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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