Saturday, January 14, 2023

How A Theft Racket Run By Luggage Loaders At Delhi Airport Was Busted

New Delhi: A police team busted a theft racket operating inside Indira Gandhi International Airport terminals, arrested eight people and seized jewellery worth over ₹ 10 lakh from their possession, officials said.

The eight accused were working as loaders with various airlines and ground handling agencies operating at IGI Aiport, New Delhi, officials said.

"Gold and silver jewellery of approximately ₹ 10 lakhs, 6 branded watches, Apple I- Phone, Cash ₹ 1,15,000 and other articles have been seized from their possession," officials said.

"With their arrest, four Cases of baggage theft registered at IGIA unit have also been solved," the police added.

"On January 11, the team of Police station IGI Airport with the help of the vigilance department of the Airlines apprehended one loader namely Deepak Pal S/o Satya Prakash who attempted to pilfer from the registered check-in baggage of a passenger who was to board the flight," police added.

Subsequently, a case under sections 379/511 of IPC was registered and an investigation was taken up, officials said.

"The accused Deepa was brought to the Police Station, interrogated, and subsequently arrested in the present case. He disclosed that he was working as a loader in a ground handling assistance providing company, since 2018," the police said.

"As the salary of ₹ 18,000 was not enough for him he started committing petty thefts from the baggage of the passengers whenever he got an opportunity. Slowly and gradually he came in contact with seven other loaders and ground handling staff of other airlines and agencies. As they all were living in close vicinity and were working in almost the same timing shifts, they all in active connivance and with ulterior motives formulated a gang and started committing baggage theft at a large scale," police quoted the accused, Deepak, as saying.

"Looking at the gravity of the matter, a dedicated team of police officials comprising Inspector Sumit Kumar, Insp. Satish Yadav, SI Mukesh Kumar, SI Sandeep, SI Prashant, SI Sanjeev Chaudhary, HC Vishwajeet, HC Birju, and W/Ct. Mohini under the leadership of SHO, IGIA Yashpal Singh and overall supervision of ACP, IGI Virender Mor was constituted," police added.

"The team worked meticulously and through the assistance of technical surveillance, the team located the whereabouts of all the suspicious loaders. Simultaneous raids were conducted at the whereabouts of all the loaders and all the seven other loaders were arrested," police said.

14/01/23 ANI/NDTV

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