Appalling Theft Racket Uncovered At Delhi Airport – 7 Suspects Including Baggage Handlers Arrested

Arrests were made at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Delhi, India, over the weekend following the discovery of a theft racket involving six baggage handlers and an accomplice. The accused are said to have worked together to steal luxury items from passengers’ luggage, with travellers raising concerns about stolen valuables only months earlier.

Baggage Handlers
Baggage handling staff were arrested for their involvement in a theft racket uncovered at Delhi Airport © Saskjon on Wikimedia Commons

Caught In The Act – Theft Racket Uncovered At Delhi Airport

A theft racket was busted at India’s busiest airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport, over the weekend as six baggage handlers and an accomplice were arrested for their involvement in the theft of luxury jewellery items, electronic devices and foreign currency from passengers’ luggage.

The shock discovery comes as officials at the airport had noticed a suspicious increase in baggage thefts over the past year and had subsequently launched an investigation to determine who was responsible.

Suspicions of a possible theft racket were first aroused last month when a female passenger travelling from Melbourne, Australia, and arriving in Punjab, India, noticed upon arriving home that some of the gold valuables she had packed into her checked-in luggage had gone missing. Before making her connecting flight, the passenger was required to repack her overweight luggage and noted the strange manner in which the baggage handler helping her to repack her bags had watched her. The passenger reported the theft to the police, who then investigated the matter in cooperation with airport officials.

A similar incident also occurred a month before, in August, in which a passenger travelling from Delhi to Goa alleged that, upon landing in Goa, his luxury watch (valued at over £4,500) had been packed into his checked-in luggage earlier.

Luxury Watch
Luxury items such as watches were stolen from passengers’ luggage at the airport © Malte Wingen on Wikimedia Commons

The Airport and Police Investigation

In response to concerns raised by the aforementioned passengers, as a part of their investigation, airport officials first examined staff rotas for the shifts during which items from passengers’ luggage had gone missing.

A police team was tasked with trawling through CCTV footage to find evidence of the thefts and interrogating workers present for the shifts during which the thefts had been reported. The police checked the mobile phones of the identified workers and found suspicious videos and WhatsApp messages discussing the monetary value of luxury goods found in passengers’ luggage and which bags to target.

One worker questioned by police later confessed to working with baggage handlers from other airlines to steal various items of jewellery and sell them for cash.

Following a police raid on the home of two of the accused (Manoj Kumar and Hari Darshan), the two men were arrested and then revealed the names of their accomplices, who were subsequently arrested. During the raid, police recovered 15 pieces of stolen jewellery, foreign currency from five different countries and luxury items, including a watch, a pair of sunglasses and two Apple AirPods.

Indira Gandhi International Airport
The theft racket being run at Indira Gandhi International Airport involved six baggage handling staff members © Ravi Dwivedi on Wikimedia Commons

The Criminal Gang Working At The Heart Of The Airport

Members of the criminal gang involved in the thefts include baggage handlers Manoj Kumar, Hari Darshan, Balwinder, Praveen Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, and Subodh and the receiver of the stolen goods, Satish Kumar Verma.

Manoj Kumar, the kingpin of the gang, is said to have specialised in identifying luggage that may contain valuables, in addition to stealing from passengers’ bags and suitcases, whilst other members of the gang are alleged to have been responsible for disposing of jewellery and other stolen items, distracting officials during frisk and search operations and delaying the loading and unloading of baggage from aircraft. The final member of the gang, Satish Kumar Verma, a jeweller, is accused of buying the stolen jewellery.

The baggage handlers were reportedly working for Air India and Vistara. Vistara has released a statement stating that it will fully cooperate with the ongoing police investigation, whereas Air India has stated that it will be launching an internal inquiry.

Airport Car Park
Some airports have had to strengthen their car park security measures © Raimond Spekking on Wikimedia Commons

Another Major Risk Zone At Airports – Car Parks

Travellers remain at evident risk of having their possessions damaged or stolen as their luggage moves from the check-in desk to their destination; however, there is one other major at-risk zone at airports: car parks. Tales ranging from vehicles left at long-stay car parks being stolen to holidaymakers returning home from their trip to find that their cars have been driven miles have been reported over the years, and more recently, airports have had to take action to protect travellers and their possessions.

In August last year, Darwin International Airport (DRW), Australia, introduced additional foot, vehicle and dog patrols and bolstered its CCTV monitoring operations across its car parks following a dramatic surge in vehicle break-ins, vandalism and thefts. The airport, situated in Australia’s Northern Territory, responded to escalating complaints from passengers regarding a lack of sufficient safety measures to protect their vehicles.

The move was also seen as a necessary measure by both residents of the territory and key bodies such as Tourism Central Australia, who cited at the time that rising crime rates were putting off tourists from visiting and staying in key destinations in the territory, including Alice Springs, a town whose income is heavily reliant on tourism.

Despite moves such as the above, however, passengers must remain vigilant when transiting through airports and place valuable items in their hand luggage or, where possible, travel without them.

Are you shocked by the theft racket uncovered at Delhi Airport? Do you have concerns about your checked-in luggage when travelling? Let us know in the comments!

Subscribe to our Weekly Digest!

More News

Oneworld Unveils Incredible New Lounge in Amsterdam for 25th Anniversary

As part of celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Oneworld...

Exciting News: Doncaster Sheffield Airport Plans To Reopen With £138 Milion Fund

Doncaster Sheffield Airport plans to reopen after closing in...

Air Canada Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Record Full Year 2023 Financial Results

Air Canada has recently released their fourth-quarter and full-year...

Southwest Airlines’ Financial Performance Results in Profit at Year-End 2023

Southwest Airlines’ financial performance has resulted in a profit...
Rachel Dunster
Rachel Dunster
Aviation Reporter
Wordpress themeseotakipçi satın alankara implant fiyatları11yol kapanıpassport psdbatman evden eve nakliyatbalkon köşe takımılastik patlatanevden eve nakliyatkartal evden eve nakliyatfatih antika eşya alanlarfenerbahçe antika eşya alanlarnakliyatantika alanlarantika alanlarwoocommerce baselJannah themeeskişehir inşaat şirketlerieskişehir uydu tamirkitap alanlarantika alanlarantika alanlarseoEskişehir uyduİzmir psikologeşya depolamaantalya haberpgcdpgcdpmsaAccident LawyerDental Implantiqos tereatuzla evden eve nakliyatAntika alan yerlergaziantep evden eve nakliyateskişehir saç protezihayır lokmasıtuzla evden eve nakliyatodunpazarı emlakhayır lokmasıbatman evden eve nakliyatpendik evden eve nakliyatgölcük evden eve nakliyatgölcük evden eve nakliyatelektrik taahhüt firmalarıbuy hacklinkistanbul evden eve nakliyatankara evden eve nakliyatavcılar korsan taksibahcelievler korsan taksibestwhozisahibindenporselen kaplama dislerankara diş estetiğidiş teli tedavisimersin evden eve nakliyatturkmmometin2 pvpmetin2 forumitemciEtimesgut evden eve nakliyatreplika saatlertuzla asansörlü nakliyatkartal evden eve nakliyatgebze evden eve nakliyatankara evden eve nakliyatatasehir korsan taksiankara parca esya tasımaankara gülüş tasarımıankara gülüş tasarımıankara implant fiyatlarıniğde evden eve nakliyatEskişehir yabancı dil okulujojobetAnkara Evden Eve Nakliyatvozol 12000puffcoinbaristanbul saç ekimiankara çıkışlı günübirlik turlarEtimesgut evden eve nakliyatEtimesgut evden eve nakliyathasankeyf evden eve nakliyatkadıköy evden eve nakliyatmersin evden eve nakliyatçankaya evden eve nakliyatankara parca esya tasımaanadolu yakası korsan taksimaltepe evden eve nakliyattuzla evden eve nakliyatankara implant fiyatlarıankara gülüş estetiğiyenimahalle evden eve nakliyaten yakın çekiciAntalya Çittereatereaseo çalışmasıistanbul hayır lokmasıbatman nakliyatata şehir evden eve nakliyatholiganbetmaltepe evden eve nakliyatüsküdar evden eve nakliyatmersin nakliyatelektrik taahhüt firmalarıgüneş enerji firmakepenk tamiriİstanbul evden eve nakliyatmaldives casinospoodletereapancakeswap botpancakeswap botuniswap sniper botfront running botsniper botfront run botistanbul hayır lokmasıKartal evden eve nakliyatçankaya evden eve nakliyatataşehir evden eve nakliyatankara ofis taşımacılığı
ankara escortizmir escortporno izleetimesgut escortdeneme bonusuCasinoslot girişbig bass bonanza oynaAviator oynasugar rush oynaçankaya escortsweet bonanzagates of olympus oynakayseri escortçankaya escortkızılay escortkeçiören escortBahisnoweryaman escortdiyarbet girişCasinoslotwild west gold demo oynaredbullholdenracing.comdenemebonususiteler.comankara escortmarsbahisMatadorbetMatadorbetEscortSaatlik escortManisa escortGümüşhane escortfethiye escortDeneme Bonusu Veren SitelerDeneme Bonususahabetcasibomcasibom girişŞişli escortizmir escortDenizli escortMalatya Escortşanlıurfa escortHacklinkBeşiktaş escortAtaşehir escortBeylikdüzü escortkadıköy escortcialisViagraBahis siteleriEsenyurt escortbets10marsbahismasözmasözantalya escortmarsbahiscasibombonusbetturkeyfixbetcasibomessbahisdeneme bonusu veren sitelerdeneme bonusu 2024