Customs Arrests Couple With 45 Pistols, Worth Rs 22.5L, At IGIA

| Updated: 13 July, 2022 8:17 pm IST

NEW DELHI: An Indian couple was arrested with 45 pistols worth Rs 22.5 lakh found in their baggage by customs officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi after they arrived from Vietnam, officials said on Tuesday.

Zubair Riaz Kamili, Commissioner of the Customs, IGI Airport and General in a statement said, “On the basis of profiling, two suspected passengers namely Jagjit Singh and his wife Jaswinder Kaur, who arrived from Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) to Delhi by Flight number VI 895 dated July 10 at Terminal Three of the IGI Airport on July 11 were placed under surveillance along with their 2-year-old baby child.”

Both the passengers are residents of Gurugram.

Kamili said that the passengers were intercepted by the customs officers when they had crossed the Green Channel of the Arrival Hall and were approaching the Exit Gate.

“Singh was carrying two trolley bags, which were handed over to him by his elder – Manjit Singh, who had arrived from Paris by flight AF 226 almost at the same time and day as Singh and Kaur arrived from Vietnam. After handing over both the bags, Manjit slipped out of the airport.

Moreover, Kaur played an active part in this plan as she helped Singh in removing and destroying the tags of both the trolley bags containing 45 guns, the officer said.

 

“Further, examination of these two trolley bags carried by Singh resulted in the recovery of 45 pieces of assorted brand guns having approximate value Rs 22.5 lakh,” the Commissioner said.

He said that both the passengers had admitted their previous indulgence in smuggling 25 pieces of assorted guns from Turkey worth Rs 12.5 lakh.

“Hence the total value of offence amounts to Rs 35 lakh. The said two trolley bags along with the recovered guns were seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962,” he added.

The official said that both the passengers were placed under arrest under Section 104 of the Act and the child has been handed over to their grandmother.

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