Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bolivian national, suspected of narcotics smuggling, dies at IGI airport

New Delhi: In another suspected custodial death, a 49-year-old Bolivian national died after being searched for drugs by customs officials at the IGI airport on Saturday. Police have informed the Bolivian embassy about the incident and have initiated a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia confirmed the incident and said that the cause of death would be ascertained after an autopsy. Police officers say that they had received a PCR call around 10.29pm from the international terminal of the IGI airport about a Bolivian national named Salomon Edgar Vaca Arambel being detained on suspicion of carrying drugs after he had arrived from Adis Ababa.
The passenger was examined and handed over to the customs officials who produced him before a court seeking permissions to conduct a medical examination to look for drug capsules. An X-ray was conducted on his chest and abdomen, but the doctors did not find anything suspicious.

In another suspected custodial death, a 49-year-old Bolivian national died after being searched for drugs by customs officials at the IGI airport on Saturday. Police have informed the Bolivian embassy about the incident and have initiated a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia confirmed the incident and said that the cause of death would be ascertained after an autopsy. Police officers say that they had received a PCR call around 10.29pm from the international terminal of the IGI airport about a Bolivian national named Salomon Edgar Vaca Arambel being detained on suspicion of carrying drugs after he had arrived from Adis Ababa.
The passenger was examined and handed over to the customs officials who produced him before a court seeking permissions to conduct a medical examination to look for drug capsules. An X-ray was conducted on his chest and abdomen, but the doctors did not find anything suspicious.
The Bolivian Embassy would inform his family members. The customs officials who were accompanying the foreigner are being questioned to find out the situations under which the man had suffered a heart attack. A team led by SHO IGI has been asked to conduct an inquest under section 174 CrPC to establish this.
Reacting to the incident, customs officials said that they had acted on specific inputs that the passenger may be carrying drugs, either concealed or swallowed. Subsequently, the passenger was stopped at the IGI airport, however nothing was discovered, following which they took permission to take the passenger for an X-ray.
28/04/18 Somreet Bhattacharya/Times of India