Friday, March 16, 2018

Three held at airport on charge of theft

Kochi: The police on Thursday arrested three employees of a private customs house agency (CHA) at the Nedumbassery airport on the charge of stealing materials from export consignments.

The arrested are Sajad Syed Muhammed, 21, Aashik, 22, both natives of Kunnamkulam, and Sujil Sunder, 24, of Alangad near Aluva.

Acting on a complaint that cloth pieces in a consignment destined to Italy had gone missing, the authorities examined the CCTV visuals at the ground handling section and found the trio open the consignment. Following this, the police were alerted, and they were taken into custody.

According to the police, CHA staffers are authorised to open up consignments for inspection under certain circumstances like suspicion of the presence of banned items. The police are examining if the trio had committed similar offences earlier. “They are being interrogated to ascertain whether anyone else is involved,” officials said. The three were produced before a local court which remanded them in judicial custody.
16/03/18 The Hindu
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