Mangaluru: Haj pilgrims’ cash theft case - Victims suspect airline staff's hand

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jun 20: Rs six lac in cash belonging to Umrah pilgrims who boarded a flight from the international airport in the city was stolen some time ago. The pilgrims have accused the airline staff of theft.

At a press conference held in the city, Badruddin, one of the pilgrims, said, “On April 30, 34 pilgrims left for Umrah from Mangaluru International Airport to Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia via Mumbai. The travel agency had given me 26,432 Saudi Riyals (around Rs six lac) to cover the expenses of 11 elderly pilgrims. I had kept the cash in my trolley bag.

"At the airport, the luggage of all 11 people was scanned. On May 1, we reached Jeddah. When we exited the airport, we discovered that the lock on the trolley bag was broken, and Rs six lac had been stolen from the bag. A case has been filed at the Bajpe police station. We have also expressed strong suspicion about the airline staff, but we have not yet received justice.”

Yogish Shetty, the founder president of Tulunada Rakshana Vedike, said, “It is really regrettable that such an incident has taken place at Mangaluru International Airport. We have submitted an appeal to the deputy commissioner to take action against the guilty parties. A protest will be held in front of the airport if justice is not served.”







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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    It is not unusual thefts take place at airport often.Only one should always keep your valueable bag by your side.When such a amount in bag and will be left to go with baggage need not cry later..There are many workers at different tasks.Some when they know something is there ,dont hesitate to grab it.We cant blame later.Hope they will find someone who did this sad .Even inside workers too try to have it.Greed for money and valueables let sometimes even a brave person to steal.(Not always)

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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bejai/ Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Valuables like Gold, Jewelry, cash and other similar goods have to be carried in hand baggage and always under your eyes watch. Such a huge amount being kept in a checked in trolley bag is utter negligence by the passengers. With CCTV Installed at all crucial corners of the airports, it is not so easy for airport or airline staff to meddle with passengers bags. They know their job will be at stake if they are caught. This is unfortunate incident, though, I am not saying airline / airport staff is innocent or that this kind of events have not happened in the past. Similar incidents has occurred in the past. Never the less, it is ultimately passengers responsibility to secure his / her own luggage specially such valuables.

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  • N S Shetty, Surathkal

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    All the Airlines request Passengers to carry Cash / Jewellary/ Medicines / D ocuments in their Hand baggage.....(I fail to understand why Cash was put in their Checked in Baggage ) Earlier the Police Commissioner had gone thro the CCTV footage n nothing untoward was noticed... The theft cud have taken place either at Mumbai or at their Final destination......

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  • Tauro john, Mangalore/Malad

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    This is very sad and disgusting incident. Some of the airports while in transit I think these things happening. I have experienced long back similar situation once, generally zip locked bags they easily open and grab few things and repack as itis, the owner will know only when reaches home.

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  • Wilfred Tauro, Madanthyar, Dubai

    Sat, Jun 22 2024

    Similar situation occurred in 2016 my unaccompanied bag was unzipped and zipped by the airport handlers at IXE Airport, and my used branded watch was removed. After reaching home, few days later it was discovered . Loaders were experts in hand scanning. and removing stuff within specified time.

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    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    Instead of keeping money in a trolley bag, it would be safer to keep it in a hand bag. Because the money is legal, why not take it through the proper channel?

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  • Mohammed Muneer, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 20 2024

    I lost my tab log back from my luggage CCTV should be placed in every corner of the airport

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