Sushmita Sen was recently robbed at Athens airport
The Bollywood beauty queen Sushmita Sen was robbed in broad daylight at the Athens airport. And returns home with the only clothes she was wearing.
This is how it happened. It was Greek holiday that went horribly wrong. It was around 1.05 pm Greek time when the ex-Miss Universe arrived at the Athens airport. She was booked on a flight to Dubai, where she would board a connecting flight to Mumbai. She had arrived about four hours early. She was waiting outside an eatery, her hand on her trolley, when she turned to speak to the man sitting behind her. It was at this point, she was robbed and believe it or not, all it took was eight to ten seconds flat.
Reliving the horror of that moment, Sushmita told TOI, “I was in a state of shock. For a while, I just didn’t know what to do. Finally, I regained my composure and called my office, telling them to call my friend Farah Khan Ali. I remembered she had friends in Greece. And what a true friend she is. She went all out to help me.”
“Farah called up a friend in Athens, who arranged a good lawyer, who rushed to the airport. It was only after the police complaint was registered that I was given my passport, that too on paper, so I could travel back to India. The Indian Consulate was also very helpful,” said Sushmita.
It was her office that wired all the money Sushmita needed to pay off her hotel, conveyance and other bills for the remaining part of her stay. A friend of the actress said, “She lost her mobile phone, iPad and credit cards too. These were in her handbag, which was kept in the trolley.”
The trolley had all of Sushmita’s clothes and other belongings. Her worst loss was of course, her handbag, which also contained her passport, 10-year visa to the US and the UK.
An official from Sushmita’s office said, “Such robberies have become commonplace at the Athens airport. It is said there is a mafia syndicate in operation there, which masterminds these thefts.”
The official added, “What is ridiculous about the Athens airport is its layout. The eateries are located before you check into security. It’s almost like a mall before security check begins. Which means anybody and everybody can enter the area and mingle with the passengers.” The official said Sushmita has now applied for a passport and visa.
The actress, who hasn’t still got over the incident, said, “It was a traumatic experience. I felt so violated. If it can happen to a public person like me, it can happen to anybody. I would like to inform everybody going to Europe and thinking of visiting Greece, to be very, very careful. As for me, I would like to say I will stay away from Greece for the longest time, perhaps forever.”
“My Greek lawyer told me there is only one CCTV camera at Athens airport. Imagine the kind of security they have,” she added.