A passenger from Dubai was held on the airport in Amritsar for allegedly smuggling gold whereas an aerobridge operator was caught for conniving with him, officers mentioned on Sunday.
The passenger had arrived in Amritsar on Saturday by an Air India Express flight. He was intercepted by Customs officers at Sri Guru Ramdas ji (SGRDJI) International Airport, Amritsar.
A press release issued by the Customs division mentioned that through the search of his baggage, a gold bar weighing 587 grams was discovered hid within the shoulder bag.
The gold bar has an estimated market worth of Rs 31 lakh and was seized. On additional questioning, the passenger admitted that he was carrying two gold bars and he handed one among them to an aerobridge operator.
He mentioned that he was directed at hand over the gold bar to the bottom employees member who would strategy him and provides a code phrase. To affirm the passenger’s declare, CCTV footage was scanned and the staffer was recognized, in accordance with the assertion.
The operator was an worker of the corporate which has the contract for aerobridge operations on the airport, it mentioned.
During additional investigation, the staffer admitted that he was concerned within the smuggling of gold on earlier events as properly.
He was handing over the smuggled gold to a colleague who too works as an aerobridge operator with the identical firm, mentioned the assertion.
The duo was arrested and despatched to 14 days judicial custody and efforts are on to apprehend the opposite aerobridge operator, mentioned the official.
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