The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has started checking all vehicles going out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The development comes after a recent incident in which a Bolero belonging to a private airline was allegedly stolen by a ex-employee, who had been sacked.
CISF is entrusted with the security of most of airports in the country.
Airport officials said that while they always check vehicles entering the facility, they were keeping an eye on those going out. However, they have now decided to increase the vigil. "All vehicles entering or leaving the premises are being checked," said CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh.
Officials said a vehicle theft was reported in March. Opon inquiry, they found involvement of a former employee of a private carrier – Rajkumar, alias Raja Kondiba Jadhav. Investigators also learnt that 29-year-old Jadhav had been fired for persistent absenteeism a few days ago.
It was found that Jadhav, who had not returned his identity card and entry pass, allegedly entered the airside area and fled away with a Bolero without being checked or questioned.
Similarly, a few years ago, a truck was reported to have been stolen from inside the airport.
The questions over security at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has often been raised in the past, which, as one of the busiest airports in the country, has been under constant radar for terror elements.