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Rahul Gandhi`s phone stolen at IGI; found later

Last Updated: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 15:17

New Delhi: The mobile phone of Congress
General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was stolen from his checked-in
baggage at the Delhi Airport last week, after he arrived here
from London.

The handset was, however, found a couple of days later
from a baggage handler working at the IGI, airport sources

Rahul noticed that his handset was missing from his bag
after he returned home from the airport and informed the
officials of the Special Protection Group, which guards him.

The SPG then contacted the CISF, which in turn started a
quiet investigation and reviewed the close-circuit TV footage,
the sources said.

The technical surveillance carried out by the CISF helped
them detect the lost mobile phone.

The CISF personnel identified two baggage handlers as
suspects and questioned them. One of them accepted that he had
stolen the phone from the baggage and handed it over to the
security personnel, the sources said.

No case was lodged in the incident as it would have
brought the matter into limelight, they said, adding that the
instrument contained personal and official numbers and other
information related to Gandhi.

The sources, however, refused to give details about the
flight Gandhi took or the date and time he arrived here from
London citing security reasons.

They said such incidents were now occurring frequently at
the IGI Airport and steps were being taken to contain them.

"We have taken the matter seriously. We have spoken to
the airport authorities and the airlines regarding background
checks before recruiting baggage handlers," the sources said.


First Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 15:17

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