The customs officials in a joint operation with State Special Operation Cell of Punjab detained a man carrying 41 gold biscuits,each weighing 116 grams,concealed in a specially made waist belt and under his feet with the help of a tape as he landed at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport Amritsar from Dubai in an Air India Express flight on Thursday night.
The total weight of the biscuits was 4.788 kilograms,it was learnt. The man was identified as Raja Kumar,a resident of Amritsar,based on the passport he was travelling.
Sources told The Indian Express that during his interrogation,the man told that he worked as courier to bring the consignment from Dubai and that he was not the man the consignment was meant for. Investigators told that Raja Kumar had two passports,one on the name of Rohit Arora,and stated before the officials that he was a “frequent flyer”.
The investigations are on to identify the person(s) for whom the consignment was meant for as claimed by the man.
Sources said that the man was travelling on the passport with the name of Raja Kumar. The passport shows him to be a resident of Amritsar. It was learnt that during questioning the man claimed to be dealing in garments business in Delhi. He was also found to be carrying few samples of the garments.
Sources said that the man was wearing a “specially designed outfit” where he concealed biscuits under his belt and under his feet. An official said that the man had eight biscuits concealed under each foot with the help of an adhesive tape,over which he wore socks and then shoes. Rest of the biscuits were concealed in a specially designed belt.
The operations was carried out,sources said,following secret information available with State Special Operation Cell,which shared the details with customs authorities and nabbed the person as he arrived from Dubai.
Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal,Assistant Commissioner (customs) at Amritsar Airport,when contacted,confirmed the developments. “The man was carrying gold biscuits and had not declared the same and thus violated the norms. Action has been initiated as per law,” Dhaliwal said.
Meanwhile,a customs official said,”Though gold is not something which is banned for import,but it is a restricted item and its declaration is must while carrying it to pay the duty. The penal action includes duty,fine and redemption fee in case the man who was carrying the gold biscuits wants to retain them,” he added.