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Money stolen from SAFF champions’ luggage at airport!

BFF files GDs; HSIA dismisses allegation

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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In a shameful incident, money and several other things were allegedly stolen from the luggage of two players of the Bangladesh national women’s football team at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Wednesday.

The incident took place after the women booters returned from Nepal following their triumph in the SAFF Women’s Championship.

Around US$400 from Krishna Rani Sarkar’s luggage and some Nepali Rupees from Shamsunnahar’s baggage along with clothes were taken away unzipping the suitcases.

BFF Women’s Wing Chairman Mahfuza Akter Kiron told reporters that they filed two general diaries with Motijheel and Airport police stations on Thursday in this regard. “We lodged two GDs. It’s a big amount for these little girls. If it is not possible to recover the amount, the federation will recoup their losses,” she said.

However, the HSIA authorities denied the allegation. Instead, it claimed that no money or anything else was stolen from the luggage of the two footballers at the airport.

It said the luggage of all the players and officials of the team were handed over to the designated persons intact, according to a press release signed by Group Captain Kamrul Islam, executive director of the airport.          Protocol representatives of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and two officials of the Bangladesh team received the luggage in a completely locked condition from Biman Bangladesh Airlines before leaving the airport, it said.

Bangladesh women’s football team, which won the SAFF Women's Championship beating hosts Nepal in the final on Monday, landed at the Dhaka airport from Kathmandu at 1:42pm on Wednesday.

Later, BFF protocol representative Imran, media and social media reported that dollars and money went missing from the luggage of two members of the football team, said the press release.

On the basis of the complaint, the HSIA authorities examined and analysed the CCTV footage and got sure that the allegation brought against them were not right, it said.

Sources said HSIA analysed the footage of the aircraft landing area, arrival of the trolley at the baggage makeup area, first baggage drop at the baggage makeup area, arrival of baggage at belt No. 8 and arrival of the last baggage at the baggage makeup area.

Meanwhile, Additional Superintendent of Airport Armed Police Battalion (APBn) Zia Palash said they have launched investigation into the matter on their own. “We haven’t been informed of the loss of dollars or money from the luggage. However, we’re e investigating the matter on our own after by watching the news. CCTV footage is being scrutinised. It’ll be easier for us to look into the matter if a written complaint is lodged in this regard.”