Thursday, July 14, 2022

Phone Access For Outsourced Staff Revoked At Airport

Two days after the DRI busted a gold smuggling racket at Terminal 2 of SVP International Airport in Ahmedabad, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Tuesday called an all-party meeting to discuss strengthening vigilance and security in light of recent developments.

The DRI had arrested six persons including a terminal manager and three outsourced employees (cleaners) of Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) along with the two carriers (passengers) who transported the gold from UAE to India, in the case.

Mirror first reported on Tuesday how the VIP lounge at the international terminal, located before immigration counter, had been used by smugglers to sneak in gold by evading Customs duty due to alleged involvement of airport staff.

Sources said the meeting had representatives from the airport management company, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), CISF and Customs Department among other stakeholders.

Mirror learnt that two major decisions had been taken in the meeting that are allegedly meant to curb the smuggling of illicit items and bring greater vigilance against Customs duty evasion of expensive items such a gold through organised rings with the involvement of airport staff, which is currently under investigation by the DRI.

One decision was to revoke the phone access of all outsourced airport workers below the rank of supervisor, in the terminal premises. Sources said the alleged involvement of three cleaners in the latest gold smuggling, running at Ahmedabad airport for several months if not more, led to this decision.

14/07/22 Ahmedabad Mirror

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