PUNE: The valuable human resources of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at Pune airport are being used for looking after forgotten luggage of passengers instead of security duty.
Passengers forget to collect their belongings after the security check and take over a week’s time to collect them. Till then the CISF has to take care of the items.
In one such incident on Monday, the CISF returned a wallet to a passenger who had forgotten it during the security check. The wallet contained Rs 20,000, PAN card, driving licence and other items.
Sandeep Khardekar was travelling from Pune to Delhi by Jet Airways flight scheduled at 11 am on Monday. During the security check, he kept his wallet on the tray, which is mandatory. Khardekar forgot to take the wallet back and he realised this when he reached Delhi airport. He called up his friend in Pune, who got in touch with the airport officials and the CISF.
“As per the rule, I cooperated with CISF for security checkings. I put my wallet on the tray and forget to collect it. I arrived at Delhi airport and searched for my wallet, then I realised that I forgotten it at Pune airport. I called up my friend in Pune and told him everything,” he told Sakal Times.
“When I was returning from Delhi to Pune, at Delhi airport the security officials asked me to show my identity card. Since I had lost my wallet, I showed them my e-Aadhaar card. I returned to Pune at 12.30 am and got back my valuables from the CISF officials. I really thanked them for keeping my wallet safely and securely,” Khardekar told Sakal Times.
Khardekar said that on Tuesday morning he called up Ajay Thakur, General Manager, operation, Pune airport to thank him. “Ajay Thakur told me that if any passenger losses even Rs 10 at Pune airport he or she will get it back,” said Khardekar.
Passengers generally forget their valuables like laptops, mobile phones and other electronic items. Officials from the CISF said there is a rising trend among the passengers to forget valuable items. “We keep these valuables safely and return them if they show their I-card with the boarding pass,” said the CISF officers.