About five kilograms of gold has been seized from a passenger who came from Dubai at Calicut airport.
Two Indigo employees arrested for helping gold smugglers
The customs department had already received the information.
Kozhikode. The Customs department on Thursday seized around five kilograms of gold from a passenger who had arrived from Dubai at the Calicut International Airport. Officials of the department said that gold mixed with other metals worth over Rs 2.5 crore was smuggled in with the connivance of two officials of Indigo Airlines Company. The accused had come to Kerala on an Indigo flight. Customs officials said that along with the accused, both the employees of the airline have also been arrested. According to the customs department, airline employees used to replace international ‘tag’ of smuggler’s baggage with domestic flight ‘tag’ to avoid customs checks.
The arrested employees have been identified as Sajid Rehman and Mohammad Samil. Both are accused of trying to get the gold planted by the passenger to the right place. According to media reports, IndiGo executive officer Sajid Rehman was caught red-handed while trying to pull out a gold box brought by a passenger named Askar Ali, a native of Wayanad from Dubai. On the basis of secret information that gold was smuggled with the connivance of the employees, the Customs was monitoring the employees.
Kerala | Two staffers of Indigo airlines namely senior executive Sajid Rehman & customer service agent Mohammad Samil arrested for allegedly helping a passenger from abroad to smuggle 4.9 kg gold worth Rs 2.5 crore at Karipur airport (15.09) pic.twitter.com/hq5oxxNMht
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Officers present on the spot were seeing through CCTV that Sajid was trying to collect the box brought by the passenger and was trying to tamper with the tag of the box. Sajid, a smuggler and customer service agent Mohammad Samil, were taken into custody by the customs after they found a gold mix in the box during a customs scanner.(from input language)
Tags: Indigo Airlines, Kerala
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 16, 2022, 03:53 IST