Wednesday, September 04, 2019

1 lakh SD cards worth nearly Rs 6 crore seized at Delhi's IGI Airport, 3 held

New Delhi: Three people have been apprehended by CISF personnel at Delhi's IGI airport for allegedly trying to smuggle in about a lakh micro-SD cards worth a few crores without paying customs duty, officials said on Wednesday.

During pre-embarkation security check of hand baggage at Transfer SHA (Security Hold Area) of terminal-3, IGI Airport, Assistant Sub-Inspector Abhishek Raja detected a large number of Micro-SD memory cards in one of the hand bags of a transfer passenger.

The passenger, identified as Abhishek Bhavan Bhai Ranpariya, arrived from Hong Kong by flight No AI-315/STA-21:20 hours and onward bound for Mumbai by the same flight at 00:30 hours.

The micro-SD card cache, used in mobile phones and other electronic gadgets to store photos and videos, is estimated to be worth anywhere between Rs 3-6 crore, officials said.

Ranpariya was intercepted by the Central Industrial Security Force officials for carrying such a huge number of micro-SD cards in his bag and Customs authorities were intimated, an official said.

During verification, the passenger told the Customs officials that he will declare the cards cache at the Mumbai Customs, and he was allowed to leave after an intimation was made by officials to their counterparts in Mumbai.

However, a CISF personnel of the intelligence wing later found that the passenger had changed his clothes and shoes, handed over the cards to two others and was seeking assistance of the airlines to abort his Mumbai journey.

It was also observed that he was not carrying the handbag containing Micro-SD cards which were detected at the SHA.

Constable Mukesh Sharma, immediately informed the matter to his superior officers and on the basis of manual and electronic surveillance, it was observed that the said passenger handed over his bag containing Micro-SD Cards to two other passengers at the boarding gate area of SHA.

It was also noticed that the passengers to whom the bag containing Micro-SD Cards was handed, also offloaded themselves.

However, before they could escape, CISF personnel nabbed them and handed them over to the Customs officials. The handbag carrying the Micro SD- Memory Cards (approx 1 lakh) were also recovered. The value of the SD cards is estimated about Rs 3-6 crore.
04/09/19 Anuj Mishra/India Today
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