In an unfortunate mix-up, a Chennai team member, who is part of the ongoing edition of the Indian T20 League, has grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
As per a report in The News Minute, a team member of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai franchise had picked up a passenger’s oxygen concentrator at the Delhi airport by mistake.
The incident came into light after a man named Anwar, who had personally carried an oxygen concentrator for his ailing father on an IndiGo flight from Bengaluru to Delhi on April 26, was unable to find the carton at the regular baggage claim after he landed at the T3 terminal in Delhi airport.
“The staff informed me that it could have gone to the cargo section which is different from the passenger section. They said they could not go there, and would send someone to check. They sent me away at the time, I was not ready to leave otherwise,” Anwar said in an interview to The News Minute.
After almost 24 hours, Anwar stated that one person reached out to him with the picture of the carton asking him for confirmation.
Interestingly, after checking the CCTV footage, the IndiGo airlines found out that the concentrator was picked up by a Chennai team member, who was scheduled to play an Indian T20 League match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday, April 28.
A source from the Chennai franchise said that while cricketers take a chartered flight, other members of the team take a regular flight. Except for the personal belongings of players, all other baggage is taken from the airport and kept in a separate room for a day in the hotel, and is sanitised. The carton with the oxygen concentrator too had been picked up as part of Chennai’s luggage, and was in this room.
Meanwhile, Anwar finally received the concentrator in Delhi on April 28 after IndiGo staff went to the hotel and picked up the machine.
India has witnessed a massive surge in COVID-19 cases as the country reported over 3.60 lakh fresh cases and close to 3,300 related deaths in the last 24 hours.
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