NEW DELHI: Returning from their honeymoon in the hills, newly married couple Sarvesh and Anisha (names changed) landed in Delhi on Monday on a SpiceJet flight from Bagdogra. They were preparing to board a connecting flight home to Lucknow when Anisha handed her phone and purse to her husband, saying she would be back from the washroom in a minute. That’s the last Sarvesh saw of her.
CCTV footage at IGI Airport shows Anisha, wearing a blue saree, enter the washroom at 6.14pm. Three minutes later, a burqa-clad woman comes out, exits the terminal and walks up to the VIP parking where a man meets her.
Sarvesh, who was shown the footage after he reported his missing wife to the Central Industrial Security Force, told the security personnel that the burqa-clad woman’s body structure and gait resembled his wife’s.
“But Sarvesh did not seem confident about the woman in the burqa being his wife. CISF searched the entire airport but couldn’t find Anisha. After burqa woman and the man she met at the parking proceeded towards lane number three and disappeared,” a CISF officer said.
Earlier, after Anisha did not come out for half-an-hour, Sarvesh approached a woman with his wife’s picture and asked her to check if she was alright in the washroom. The woman returned and said Anisha wasn’t in the washroom. A worried Sarvesh searched the entire terminal, from the exit gates to the boarding area, before reporting the matter to the CISF. After CISF’s search too drew a blank, Sarvesh was taken to the airport’s CCTV monitoring room and footage of past one hour was thoroughly checked.
“At 6.10pm, the couple was seen entering the terminal and Anisha was seen going inside the washroom at 6.14pm. At 6.17pm, the burqa-clad woman came out,” said a senior CISF officer.
The husband left soon but did not lodge a complaint.
Sources said that since the woman appeared to have left on her own, it is assumed that she has eloped with her lover. “That is just an assumption. But since there is no case, it is a closed matter for us,” a source added.
Police sources said the CISF was initially suspecting kidnapping which would mean a security breach in one of the busiest airports in the country.