Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Undeclared ‘gold’ worth Rs 3.5 crore burgled from air cargo complex in Ahmedabad?

Ahmedabad: In a curious case of cargo burglary at the Ahmedabad Air Cargo Complex (AACC) at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport, 7 kg of a roughly 32-kg automobile parts was allegedly stolen from a consignment that arrived at the city airport. “It is suspected that the stolen part of the consignment was undeclared gold worth Rs 3.5 crore at current market price,” top sources in Ahmedabad crime branch said.

The Ahmedabad Customs as well as the police suspect the involvement of a customs department staffer.

The alleged incident took place in May 2021. Soon after the incident, AACC moved an application before the city crime branch on May 14 to undertake further investigation.

The alleged incident came to light, when following an intel input, a cargo consignment declared as ‘automobile parts’ was inspected by officials of Ahmedabad Customs. “The cargo consignment weighing roughly 32kg had arrived from Dubai and kept at the warehouse of the AACC for customs clearance. However, Ahmedabad Customs officials had received an intelligence input that the cargo has been mis-declared and is suspected to contain concealed gold. Upon inspecting the consignment, officials found that it weighed less by some 7kg,” said a well-placed source.

14/07/21 Niyati Parikh & Ashish Chauhan/Times of India

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