Mumbai

Food outlet staff held for stealing passenger’s wallet at city airport

CISF team recovers ₹46,000

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) team has traced a wallet with ₹46,000 in cash belonging to a Ahmedabad-bound passenger that went missing during baggage scanning at Mumbai airport’s Terminal 1 on Friday.

Airport officials said Nagram Chaudhary, who was travelling to Ahmedabad by SpiceJet flight SG 637, complained that his wallet had gone missing during the hand baggage scanning at 10 p.m. A CISF team then conducted a search, but failed to find the wallet.

When the team scanned the CCTV footage of the area, they found a staff member of the Travel Food Services, a ground service agency, stealing the wallet. The manager on duty was informed about the incident and the accused, Farhan Shaikh, was apprehended.

Mr. Shaikh, who was working at the London Dairy outlet, admitted to stealing the wallet and handed over 23 currency notes of the ₹2,000 denomination to the CISF team. Since Mr. Chaudhary did not want to register a formal complaint, the CISF team followed protocol and registered a complaint on behalf of the passenger. The team then handed over Mr. Shaikh to the local police.

On Saturday morning, the TFS head of operations (Terminal 1) visited the police station. Mr. Shaikh was released after Mr. Chaudhary insisted that he do not want to file a complaint and would arrive in the city on Monday to collect his wallet. Mr. Shaikh has been terminated from service.

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