Sunday, January 17, 2016

Aerobridge comes in handy for smugglers

Hyderabad: CCTV blind spot `aerobridge' has become a favourite haunt of gold smugglers (masked as air passengers) and receivers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA). On Friday , 4.65 kg smuggled gold worth Rs 1.2 crore changed hands at the aerobridge in less than 10 seconds! Incidentally, neither the air passenger nor the receiver (in this case ground handling staff) were aware that intelligence officials were waiting for this `bridge' meeting and nabbed them red-handed.
On Friday , a Qatar Airways passenger, in the guise of handing over three Gold Flake cigarette packets to ground staff, was nabbed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths at the RGI Airport. Later, the two were arrested for trying to smuggle in 4.65 kg gold.
Nearly, 40 biscuits of the yellow metal were wrapped in a paper, which in turn were kept in cigarette packets, by the passenger, whose identity the DRI official refused to reveal. The DRI sleuths, in an of ficial release, said that a passenger, who arrived from Dubai by a Qatar airways flight, after landing at the airport met a staff member of Menzies Bobba ground handling service provider and handed over three cigarette packets.
17/01/16 Times of India
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