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Gold smuggling: Air India cabin crew wraps ‘paste’ around arm under uniform shirt, caught at Kochi airport

UncategorizedGold smuggling: Air India cabin crew wraps 'paste' around arm under uniform shirt, caught at Kochi airport
AI staff gold smuggling Kochi CIAL (1)

Air India staffer held for gold smuggling on the Kochi airport.

Picture : Mirror Now Bureau

Kochi: An Air India staffer was arrested by the Customs Division on the Kochi airport (CIAL) for allegedly attempting to smuggle gold. The cabin crew member was caught with nearly 1.5 kilograms — 1,487 grams to be exact– of gold paste rolled round his arm below the full-sleeve shirt. By the way, that is the second time this 12 months {that a} staffer of the airline bought caught whereas trying to smuggle gold by way of the inexperienced channel.

The arrested Air India worker was recognized as Shafi — a local of Kerala’s Wayanad district. He’s being interrogated additional, the officers stated.

The Customs Preventive Commissionerate had acquired confidential info {that a} cabin crew member of the Bahrain-Kozhikode-Kochi service, was bringing gold. The Customs officers, together with the native police, interrogated Shafi after his behaviour raised suspicion, Occasions Community’s Vivek reported. It was in the course of the search that adopted when the gold paste was discovered on Shafi.

Whereas it’s the second such occasion in 2023 alone, three such busts had been reported on the CIAL since 2021. 4 staff of Air India, all contract workers, had been taken into custody by the Customs earlier for committing the identical offence — exposing the nexus between airline staffers and overseas gold smuggling rackets.

In the meantime, two passengers, who arrived from Singapore, had been arrested at Chennai airport on Wednesday for carrying gold weighing 6.8 kg valued at Rs 3.32 crores, Chennai customs informed information company ANI.

Based on officers, the passengers arrived in Chennai from Singapore by AI-347 and 6E-52.

Chennai Customs in a tweet stated, “Based mostly on Intel, 2 pax who arrived from Singapore by AI-347 and 6E-52 had been intercepted by Customs on 07.03.23. On search of their baggage, gold completely weighing 6.8 kg valued at Rs 3.32 crore was recovered/ seized below the CA,1962. Pax had been arrested and additional investigation is on.”

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