Man held for try­ing to sneak in ` 20L goods from Hong Kong

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: A man was ar­rested at Delhi air­port upon his ar­rival from Hong Kong for al­legedly try­ing to sneak in high-end com­mer­cial goods, such as iPhones and Rolex watches, worth over Rs 20 lakh. The pas­sen­ger, who ar­rived from the Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion of China at Ter­mi­nal-3 of IGI Air­port on Wed­nes­day, was in­ter­cepted by of­fi­cers of the Air Cus­toms (Pre­ven­tive).

A cus­toms of­fi­cer said that on re­ceiv­ing spe­cific in­for­ma­tion, they in­ter­cepted the pas­sen­ger who ar­rived via flight num­ber CX-697 on Wed­nes­day. A de­tailed search re­sulted in re­cov­ery of 27 iPhones, 330 watches of vary­ing brands and an iron sol­der­ing ma­chine, among other things. The of­fi­cer said that th­ese items were seized un­der Sec­tion 110 of Cus­toms

HUGE HAUL: Act, 1962. The value of th­ese goods was over Rs 20 lakh, he added.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the pas­sen­ger first de­nied his in­volve­ment in any smug­gling racket, but then con­fessed and ad­mit­ted that this wasn’t the first time he had sneaked ex­pen­sive items into In­dia. His past vis­its to In­dia were be­tween Oc­to­ber 2017 and Septem­ber 2019.

“The man has been placed un­der ar­rest un­der the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 104 of the Cus­toms Act and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on,” said Aman­deep Singh, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of cus­toms, IGI Air­port.

50k fine on or­gan­iser for us­ing thermo-plas­tic plates:

Com­ing down heav­ily on peo­ple flout­ing the norms by us­ing thermo-plas­tic ma­te­rial, South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion on Sun­day imposed Rs 50,000 fine on an or­gan­iser of a bhan­dara. A SDMC of­fi­cial said that the ac­tion was taken in Chi­rag Delhi un­der Sec­tion 15 of NGT for us­ing thermo-plas­tic and un­der sec­tions 317 and 351for lit­ter­ing. The of­fi­cial added that the or­gan­is­ers did not have proper mea­sures in place to col­lect and dis­pose of used plates.

27 iPhones and 330 watches were among some of the goods the man was try­ing to smug­gle

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