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Looted at Bhubaneswar airport, NRI biz man opens Twitter account for help


Bhubaneswar: Neeraj Chandan, a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) businessman, whose wife’s handbag containing their passports and other valuables was stolen soon after they arrived at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) on June 2, has opened a Twitter account seeking help to get back his belongings so that he can travel back quickly.

Neeraj joined the micro-blogging site at 1.41 AM on June 5 and posted his first tweet at around 5.29 AM seeking immediate intervention of Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj into the matter.

Then, exactly three hours later, he posted another tweet and this time, the hapless NRI sought intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik into the incident, saying they came to Odisha for the first time to visit Lord Jagannath.

Finding no help from anyone, the NRI today left another message with a copy of his complaint on Twitter. This time, he sought assistance from Odisha Director General Police (DGP) RP Sharma into his plight.

So far, Neeraj has posted 7 tweets within two days of his joining Twitter, who was almost alien to the the micro-blogging platform before he landed in Odisha capital.

Neeraj had lodged a complaint at Air Field police station yesterday alleging that valuables including four passports, USD 3,000, three mobiles and Ghana national cards have been stolen from them while he was waiting at the exit gate of the airport along with his wife and two sons.

Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Kumar Sahu, who was instructed by the DGP to look into the matter, said accused will be nabbed soon.

“We have collected the CCTV footage with the help of the CISF personnel deployed at the airport. We are verifying it and will soon nab the culprit,” Sahu told reporters.

Notably, Neeraj is a native of Ludhiana in Punjab and was working as a chartered accountant in Ghana. He along with his wife and two sons came to Odisha to visit Lord Jagannath in Puri and to meet his friend Chinmay Mohanty who used to work with Neeraj in Ghana. The NRI alleged that someone had stolen his wife’s handbag while they were waiting for his frined just outside the airport.

The alleged theft in the international airport has triggered panic among the passengers and raised questions about the security in the airport. It might be mentioned while CISF is in charge of the security inside the airport, outside it the Airfield police are responsible for it.