Tuesday, September 08, 2020

1 more cleaning supervisor nabbed

Kozhikode: The directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) has taken one more cleaning supervisor at Calicut International Airport into custody in connection with the smuggling of around 4kg gold compound through the airport on Sunday. With this, the number of cleaning supervisors under DRI custody, in connection with the incident, has risen to four.
Two DRI officials were knocked down by the car, in which smuggled gold was being transported by two members of the smuggling gang, just 1km away from the airport. The gold compound, brought outside the airport by cleaning supervisors, was handed over to the two-member gang just before the incident, said DRI sources.
They added that the arrest of five persons currently in custody – including four cleaning supervisors and the accused Nissar who was nabbed from the car that hit the DRI personnel – will be recorded late on Monday night. They will be produced in court on Tuesday.
Officials said that the compound was deposited in the waste bin kept at the temporary Covid hall of the airport where arriving passengers wait for data collection and checks before they reach customs area.
Sources said that since gold was brought in compound form it could evade detection through the doorframe metal detector at customs area. Also, cleaning staff manage to evade frisking by customs as there are many staff from various departments on duty at the airport for managing Covid-related arrangements for incoming passengers.
08/09/20 Times of India
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