Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gold smuggling: Kempegowda International Airport customs officer nabbed

Bengaluru:  A customs officer attached to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on charges of helping gold smugglers by creating easy passage for the yellow metal out of the airport. Another officer is under probe and is likely to be arrested if any evidence of wrongdoing is found.
The officers were trapped after two smugglers were caught while attempting to slip out of KIA with gold jewellery worth Rs 6.5 crore and weighing 16kg on Friday morning.
Sources identified the arrested officer as D Ashok, 51, from Mysuru, a superintendent in Bengaluru Customs who is posted at KIA. Earlier, two gold smugglers John Williams (50) and Chandrasekar (52) were arrested with the gold after they landed at KIA on an Emirates flight from Dubai.
"The DRI unit from Kochi had specific information on the smuggling. It reached KIA on Friday morning and began monitoring passengers. When Williams and Chandrasekar disembarked from the flight and walked out of the airport with their bags, the team rounded them up," said a senior investigating officer.
20/09/17 Times of India