Monday, November 05, 2018

Customs want more women staff at airport to check smuggling bids

Pune: Customs authorities have decided to increase the number of female officers at the airport here to curb attempts of gold smuggling by women carriers.

“We recently apprehended four female Sudanese nationals with over 2kg of gold worth Rs66.50 lakh concealed in their bodies. While body concealment of gold is quite common, this was a case in which the gold, in form of bars and chains, were concealed in their rectum. A similar case happened at the airport around two years ago. We believe that there is a need of more female officers,” a customs officer told TOI.

At present, customs has only three lady officers at the airport.

“The Lufthansa flight from Pune to Frankfurt is resuming from November, From December 1, the airport will have a direct flight to Singapore. With the number of international flights increasing, we need more officers as well. The number of international passengers will increase,” the official added.
05/11/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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