Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Two employees at Mumbai airport ‘extort’ gold from flyer

Mumbai: Two employees of a private firm deployed at the city airport were recently arrested in a case of t heft and extortion. The two - housekeeping staffer Snehal Gaikwad (27) and security guard Dayanand Bhable (37) - allegedly stole 250 gm of gold dust and forcibly took a gold ring from a woman flyer who had arrived from Dubai. The two employees had allegedly had held the woman flyer and her family friend captive for two hours in a toilet outside Mumbai International Airport on August 4, according to a police complaint lodged by the woman flyer, Jumana Sadriwala (55), from Vasai.

She arrived from Dubai on August 4 around 9 am. Sadriwala went to a toilet on the level near the arrival gate. As she stepped in, a pouch containing gold dust fell from her purse which was noticed by the housekeeping staffer.

"Suspecting her to be part of a gold smuggling gang, the housekeeping employee insisted that Sadriwala put the pouch in a bin inside the toilet. She then called a woman security guard to check of her purse," said an officer of Sahar police station.

Sadriwala claimed that the gold dust she had in her purse is from an idol, and that she carries as a "matter of faith".

The woman guard, after checking Sadriwala's purse, called two other guards who took her to the P5 level where Vinod Yadav (36) was waiting for her. When Yadav asked them why they were being taken captive, the guards threatened to frame both of them. "Fearing unnecessary trouble, Yadav gave his gold ring to the guards who allowed us to go," Sadriwala has said in her police complaint.

22/08/2023 Narayan Namboodiri/Timesof India

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