Smuggling Attempt Foiled as Officials Intercept Passengers Arriving from Dubai
Amritsar International Airport News: In a significant crackdown on smuggling activities, customs officials at Sri Guru Ramdas Ji International Airport in Amritsar seized gold worth Rs 42 lakhs and iPhones valued at Rs 87 lakhs from passengers arriving from Dubai. The meticulous operation unfolded as part of intensified efforts to curb illicit trade through the airport.
Joint Commissioner of Customs, Joginder Singh, revealed that the customs staff intercepted a passenger arriving from Sharjah on Air India flight IX 138. Upon a thorough search, it was discovered that the traveler had ingeniously concealed three oval-shaped capsules in his anus. Subsequent extraction revealed a paste of 24-carat gold weighing approximately 924 grams. The net weight of the seized gold amounted to 652 grams, with an estimated market value of around Rs 42 lakhs.
In another case, the customs officials intercepted three passengers on board Air India Express flight IX 192 from Dubai to Amritsar. A total of 59 iPhones were recovered from these passengers. Two individuals were found carrying 22 iPhones each, while the third passenger had 15 iPhones in their possession. The collective value of the seized iPhones stands at a staggering Rs 87 lakhs.
Joginder Singh stated that the seized gold and iPhones fall under the purview of Section 110 of the Customs Act 1962. The passengers involved in the smuggling attempts are now subject to further investigation, and legal proceedings will follow as per the established protocols.
The successful interception underscores the vigilance and efficiency of customs officials at Amritsar International Airport in detecting and preventing smuggling activities. The concerted efforts of the customs department contribute to maintaining the integrity of the country's borders and safeguarding against illegal trade practices.
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