Mumbai: Air India Loaders Nabbed for Stealing Cash from Check-in Bag

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) The Mumbai police arrested two Air India (AI) loaders and busted a seven-member gang indulging in thefts at the cargo complex near the international airport in two separate cases, a police official said here Saturday.

The two AI loaders have been charged with stealing a bag containing Rs.2 lakh cash from a registered check-in baggage Feb 15, said Sahar police station in-charge Dilip Patil.

The bag, belonging to M/s Akbar Travels Pvt Ltd, a leading Mumbai tour operator, was booked on an Air India Mumbai-Kochi flight AI-690 and was later reported missing by the tour company.

Investigations led the police to the two AI loaders -- Jagdish Kir and Ganesh Khedekar, both 38 -- and the cash was recovered.

In another development, police also busted a seven-member gang which stole mobile phones from the cargo complex, Patil said.

A Mulund-based company M/s. Chirag Corporation had lodged a complaint in December 2009 of the theft of at least 50 Samsung phones from a packet containing 200 instruments, bound for London.

Police have also recovered 25 cellphones worth Rs.97,000 from the gang and a probe is on to find out whether they are linked to the Air India loaders.




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  • margaret pinto, udupi/kuwait

    Thu, Mar 04 2010

    I have lost valuables when travelling by gulf air from mumbai to kuwait via bahrain. The contains of bag did not come to kuwait rather was stuck in bahrain.when approached kuwait airport authorities upon arrival they hv investigated and confirmed bag is left in bahrain and the next day bag came back to kuwait opened and valuables gone.
    I am sure this was done in mumbai itself since gulf air personnel and porter noticed the valuables in bag. Shame on India and Gulf Air staff in mumbai.I request concerned authorities to take strict action on the porters and airline staff at mumbai airport.

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  • cynthia lewis, mumbai / kuwait

    Tue, Mar 02 2010

    I have lost valuables worth more than $2000/- due to such culprits about 3 years ago. In a hurry, i had put my wallet into the suitcase and the KU flight was delayed by 3 hours, which gave time for these goons to loot leisurely. Tried approaching all possible customer relationship people at the airport - nobody had a positive response. The only reason given by airport authorities was "this is not in our control as Kuwait Airways luggage too is handled by AI loaders" - what a stupid response... It is shameful that though Mumbai has one of the busiest airport, it had such corrupt loaders and who knows who all are involved in this...

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  • Francis, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 28 2010

    This is only one case. Daily, there are so many cases like these go without action, unnoticed and culprits have not been booked. People have lost their valuable belongings to these thieves. It seems it's a big racked and concerned people are hand in gloves.

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  • shenoy, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 27 2010

    This is not only the case it happens daily in morningflights to gulf countries people loose valuable things in crores or rupees per day but no recovery till date , police ha staken this case into action because the theft done is of some influential guy , Mumbai police please take complaints of poor passengers also

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