New Delhi: Thirty-four cases of passengers’ baggage being stolen were reported this year at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to the government in Parliament.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha also said that the role of employees working at the airport “cannot be ruled out”.

“The theft cases reported/registered at Delhi airport during 2016 and 2017 (till November 2017) are 34 and 31 respectively,” he said in response to a question in Rajya Sabha.

He added that such incidents are a law and order issue and complaints are lodged with the local police.

However, aviation security watchdog, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), has taken a slew of measures to check incidents of theft, including setting up of help-desks by the CISF to enable passengers to register complaints about missing baggage, frisking of ground handling staff and deployment of airline security staff around the cargo-hold area of the airline.