Sunday, October 22, 2017

'Gizmo' shirt at IGI airport was a magician’s accessory for performing tricks

New Delhi: The passenger walking into the IGI airport with a strange looking vest fitted with an electronic motor and batteries in his hand-baggage had created a scare on Saturday evening, with the passenger handed over to the police and IB for investigation. Police on Saturday however let the passenger go, as the vest was discovered to be a magician's accessory that is used to perform special tricks.
The vest was discovered in his bag during screening by CISF officials at Terminal-3 and was found to be having an attached motor, four batteries and an improvised circuit. It was being carried by the accused for his brother who is a magician in Assam.
The incident had taken place on Friday around 6pm when a passenger identified as Kismat Ali was intercepted during screening for a flight bound for Guwahati. CISF officials said that something suspicious was detected in his hand baggage, following which the bag was opened. On inspection, the vest was discovered and an explosives test was also conducted which came out as 'negative'.
"The passenger was unable to give a convincing reason as to why he had this vest and what its purpose was. IB officials were called and he was handed over to the police," said a CISF official.
Police on Saturday said the vest was discovered to be a special vest that is used by magicians, as it had electromagnets inside which are used to hide or disappear items. On interrogation, it was discovered that he had bought it from Karol Bagh in the capital on a special request from his brother.
22/10/17 Jasjeev Ghandhiok/Times of India

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