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TV missing from airport VIP lounge

A television set worth about Rs 20,000 went missing from the VIP lounge of Calcutta airport’s international terminal building on Tuesday.

The airport authorities have lodged a police complaint. Officials said they were clueless about how a 20-inch LCD screen went missing from the high-security area.

The television set was fixed to the wall at the lounge, which is meant for the chief minister of Bengal and other states, state and Union ministers, governors and senior government officials.

“We have received a complaint. A probe is being conducted,” said an official at the airport police station. A case of theft has been started.

Sources said the authorities were not ruling out an inside job, as the room — known as the reserved lounge — is always manned by airport staff.

“We are not ruling out anything. Someone at the airport might also have shifted it to some other wing to watch some programme or sporting event,” an airport official said.

Officials said they couldn’t recall a similar incident. “We often hear of passengers’ items being stolen but this is a first, and that too, from the reserved lounge,” said a senior official, who has worked at the airport for nearly 10 years.

The lounge is manned round the clock by Group D staff. Also, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel regularly make rounds.

“It’s almost impossible for someone to take a 20-inch television set without raising suspicion,” the official said, adding anyone taking out an article belonging to the airport authorities from the terminal building needed to show proper documents to CISF personnel at the exit point.