Friday, July 14, 2017

Another gold smuggling bid at local airport

Mohali: Acting on a tip-off, custom sleuths foiled another attempt to smuggle out gold at the international airport, here today.
The custom officials nabbed Baljit Singh, a resident of Batala, Gurdaspur district, at the airport and recovered 540 gram gold, worth Rs 14.62 lakh.
The silver coated booty was hidden in a briefcase in shape of its beading.
Baljit Kumar was travelling in a flight from Dubai, which landed here this morning.
During his interrogation, the accused claimed that the briefcase was handed over to him by an unknown ‘Punjabi’ man at the Dubai airport. He told the officials that the ‘person told him (Baljit) that the briefcase was full of garments, which he wanted to be delivered to his family. As the person offered him Rs 5,000 for delivering the briefcase to a man wearing a yellow-coloured shirt, at the local airport, here, Baljit Kumar claimed that he accepted his offer after checking the briefcase properly.
13/07/17 Akash Ghai/Tribune