Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Rs 74 lakh seized from customs officer, wife at airport

Bengaluru: A high drama ensued at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday morning when an off-duty customs officer flying to Lucknow refused to open his cabin luggage for security check and amid his altercation with the CISF personnel, his wife, who was in the queue for frisking, suddenly ran to the restroom complaining of dizziness.

It was subsequently found that the officer was carrying Rs 74 lakh unaccounted cash and expensive gadgets and jewellery and his wife had hidden Rs 10 lakh cash and two iPhones in an airport bathroom to evade the authorities.

KIA sources said the incident unfolded around 9.30am when the man, identified as Mohammed Irfan Ahmed, 35, a customs superintendent posted in Chennai with 11 years’ experience, and his wife Mumtaz Tahzeem, were attempting to clear security check to fly to Lucknow.

CISF officers on duty spotted something unusual inside his handbag and attempted to physically inspect it, but he refused to cooperate. He tried to use his official position to wriggle out of the formality, but the officers did not budge.

20/01/21 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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