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Man tried to dodge duty,say Customs officials

A day after a 30-year-old passenger alleged that he was beaten up by half-a-dozen custom officials at the Amausi airport...

A day after a 30-year-old passenger alleged that he was beaten up by half-a-dozen custom officials at the Amausi airport,the Customs authorities claimed that he suffered the injuries while trying to get away without paying the duty or signing the detention memo for the liquor he was carrying.

The passenger,Brij Kishore Tiwari,had alleged that he was beaten up for refusing to pay the bribe demanded by the officials. Tiwari,who had arrived from Muscat on Saturday, had suffered injuries on his chin, clavicle and knee.

Custom Commissioner of UP and Uttarakhand Rajiva Kumar said departmental investigation indicated that all the 10 custom officials named by Tiwari in his FIR were not guilty. He also rejected Tiwari’s charge of bribery.

The police is yet to interrogate the accused. Asked about the progress made,Abhishek Sirohi, Station Officer of Sarojini Nagar police said,“Investigation is on.”

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According to Kumar, foreign goods,including two bottles of foreign liquor — two litres each — was found in Tiwari’s bag. “He was asked to pay a custom duty of Rs 3,777 on one bottle, the other bottle was duty free,” said Kumar.

In his investigation report,Assistant Custom Commissioner DW Pandit stated that instead of cooperating with the officers and complying with the rules,Tiwari started shouting and abusing the woman officer who was checking his luggage.

“When Tiwari refused to sign on the detention memo,the signature of two officers of Oman Airlines were taken in the presence of the passenger and his remaining goods were cleared,” said KP Singh,Joint Commissioner. According to him, Tiwari was taken to another room for questioning because some political dignitaries were arriving.

Tiwari insisted that the officials had demanded money for clearing all his goods and not just the liquor. “When I refused to pay,they assaulted me and locked me in a room,” he said. He said he was released when state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi intervened.

“I saw someone beating the door of the room near the customs counter. I asked the customs officials to release him,” said Joshi. “He was injured and blood was oozing from his chin. When I asked the customs officials as to why they had locked up the person,they failed to give any explanation,” Joshi added.