Cops puzzled by woman who waited outside Mumbai airport for 10 days

Until she was finally taken to the police station on Tuesday, the 35-year-old simply sat outside the domestic departure terminal from morning to night, refusing to answer questions from airport officials; the police suspect she is mentally unstable

Mumbai Airport seems to be a magnet for the bizarre, whether it’s naked intruders or lovelorn youths attempting suicide. Officials now have a new cause for concern: for 10 days until Tuesday, a 35-year-old had been a daily visitor at the domestic departure terminal.

Rupali Nirgude, along with her luggage, has been a daily visitor at the domestic departure terminal. Instead of catching a flight though, all she does is sit outside the Jet Airways counter
Rupali Nirgude, along with her luggage, has been a daily visitor at the domestic departure terminal. Instead of catching a flight though, all she does is sit outside the Jet Airways counter

Instead of catching a flight, all she did was to sit outside departure gate 2 with her baggage. Security officials had unpleasant encounters each time they tried to question her. For a long time, she refused to talk to anyone, until she began to accuse the officials of harassing her.

She even provided false personal information and contact details to the police, but they eventually figured out her identity. The woman has been identified as Rupali Nirgude, who, until two years ago, used to work for Jet Airways in the hangar area.

Airport officials also revealed that before she started visiting the domestic terminal, Nirgude had earlier spent six months waiting outside Gate 8 (for VVIPs) on the Kalina side. They added that, for more than a week, she had simply been waiting outside the Jet Airways counter at Gate 2 with two big trolley bags and a handbag.

“Whenever we asked her why she was visiting the terminal, she would give different answers each time, and later on, she stopped replying altogether. When we asked her to leave the premises, she would use abusive language and claim we were harassing her.

This was the reason every officer was wary of interacting with her,” said an official from Mumbai Airport. Another officer told this paper, “The woman had become a grave concern as we could never convince her to leave the premises. She would raise her voice and say that since she wasn’t creating any nuisance, her presence shouldn’t be of any concern.”

The cops intervened on Tuesday and took Nirgude to Airport police station. “She continued to ignore our questions as well. However, after some time she revealed that she had been doing this for more than six months and that she wants her job back. We managed to get her phone number, but the other contact details provided by her were also incorrect,” said an official cop from the Airport Police Station.

Nirgude was not forthcoming when questioned by mid-day either. “My issue is known to all the higher authorities and I’m waiting for my problem to be solved. I’m not here to reply to everyone who questions me,” she retorted. Eventually, the police learnt that Nirgude had been working as a data entry operator in the engineering department of RCC a company that provided labour to Jet Airways, but she was fired two years ago for poor job performance.

Cops also said that her husband had abandoned her, and she lives with her son and parents. There is still no explanation for why she visited the airport with all her luggage every day, though. Senior Police Inspector BT Mukhedkar of the Airport police station told mid-day on Tuesday: “The woman appears to be mentally disturbed.

We made her go home, but if she returns again, we will have to take her to court. We cannot allow anyone to be at the airport every day for no reason.” An official close to the development said, “We have to focus on the case until it concludes. At least one such case arises every month.” The woman did not show up at the airport yesterday

Past incidents
On December 23, a 23-year-old naked man had attempted to climb over the perimeter walls of the airport, but was nabbed by the CISF’s Quick Response Team. On questioning him, the police suspected he was not of sound mind and handed him over to Thane Mental Hospital, where he was declared mentally deranged.

In another incident that followed within the fortnight, a 22-year-old scaled the airport walls and entered the operational area to commit suicide after his love life went south (Troubled love life drives youth to attempt suicide on airport premises, mid-day, January 3).

  • archana20-Aug-2015

    What is point in revealing her name?????Already she is bearing something bad and hence disturbed.The why media is so unkind to make her condition PUBLIC???????sHE WILL GET MORE DISTURBED BY THAT....i am with her HOPE SHE STANDS OUT ALL THE MUD....BEST LUCK RUPALI

  • Rajesh23-Aug-2015

    Mumbai loves you Rupali !! Wish you all the best !!

  • Ranjan Biswas21-Aug-2015

    Its a sad story of a rejected person who needs love, grace and comfort ! Wish I could help her in any way ! What she needs now is a little hope that she holds value to others and the assurance that she is not a failure. Praying for you Rupali.......

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  • sudhir24-Aug-2015

    Well this lady needs some love and affection and some help. Wish I could help you Rupali

  • Ramesh24-Aug-2015

    If she returns, they will take her to court ? What offence has she committed ? She simply sits in public area without bothering others. If at all she is taken to court, the judge will certainly punish those who bring her there un-necessarily. On every railway station in Mumbai, there may be dozens of persons roaming aimlessly every day. Nobody bothers about them or interferes in their lives. Why this woman is being harassed?

  • Ramesh24-Aug-2015

    I am overwhelmed by all the sympathetic comments in her favor by concerned and kind-hearted people here.

  • Ncr24-Aug-2015

    Those with her please give her a job instead of commenting. Fools

  • Blott25-Aug-2015

    She needs to have word with correct person.When she says “My issue is known to all the higher authorities and I’m waiting for my problem to be solved. I’m not here to reply to everyone who questions me,” It becomes clear, she must be sexually abused. And when she refused or resisted, the authorities fired her with false reasons. What do you think people?

  • Shankar singh b25-Aug-2015

    If Salman Khan can go to Pakistan for a girl child the same can happen to her ........

  • sam26-Aug-2015

    Please help her, I am in Canada and cant come there, willing to send her Rs5000/Can some one open a bank account for her please.

  • surya21-Aug-2015

    she need a job, some good chaps can offer her a job

  • Akhilesh Kumar Tiwari21-Aug-2015

    At the latest some body

  • H K Prakash21-Aug-2015

    In return, may I say that I have been puzzled by Bombay Airport Cops! They allow PIMPS to meet travellers, offering Rs for $, pimp seduces victim by offering 1-2 Rs more per $. He gives brown paper cuttings with 1 note on each side. When victim CHILATA hai, cop comes running and says you have violated FE rules and HE has to be bribed with additional Rs 500 or more to keep quiet. I wonder what is the nexus between cop and uchakka? :)

  • prasad21-Aug-2015

    jet airways should give her job back immediately.If they cant do that they should support her to find new job.

  • Hari Kumar20-Aug-2015

    Feel sad at the plight of this lady who sits in front of Jet Airways to get her job back. She deserves empathy and support to get her life back. Hope RCC and Jet Airways would come to her rescue. Else the GoI must support her in getting a suitable employment. After all she is our citizen and has an equal right like any of us to live a decent life.

  • Sureshkumar20-Aug-2015

    At least somebody check her family backgrounds and also for the reason for mental disturbance. If she needs assistance, there are so many Corporators in Mumbai can assist her with a job for daily bread.

  • Manoj Biswas20-Aug-2015

    It is sad that India is not well equipped to handle mental health disorder patients. If she has lost her job and her husband has left her in her bad days. Can the Government or any organization in India help her to get a job or treat her mental disorder.

  • Kam Guite21-Aug-2015

    In this busy metropolitan airport, some one is sitting lonely like an island thousands of km from anywhere. You get job if you are mentally and physically sound. Unless you have job, you can't keep your mental balance. Where are you, the good samaritans of the world?

  • jagjeet singh20-Aug-2015

    if physically and mentally fit declared by competent doctors she can be taken on her job if administration wants and approves.

  • Danny21-Aug-2015

    Most of these dis-order can be treated with medical attention - little medication - when people respond to such people with love and concern - unfortunately, we seem to living in a super fast world - husband abandons her and the children - employer sacks her - in this case, she is treated by the police inspector in the police station and threatened that she will be taken to court. smells bad - it is a sad we are living in a super fast world.

  • cm.anchry21-Aug-2015

    her previous employer should have given her a suitable job before terminating her altogether,so that this situation, her mental problem wouldn't have arised, hope she returns to her earler health and lead a happy life

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