A Special Task Force (STF) of Commercial Department of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) recovered foreign origin cigarettes worth Rs. 5.5 lakh being transported illegally in an express train at Guwahati Railway Station recently.
The train from which the smuggled foreign-made cigarettes were recovered was 15646 Guwahati-Lokmanya Tilak Terminas Express.
Acting on specific information, the STF team led by assistant commercial manager D.J. Barman, conducted search in the train at Guwahati Railway Station leading to recovery of the contraband items, informed NFR chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma.
“The team apprehended five persons for trying to transport the goods with false declaration in the Parcel Way Bill,” Sharma informed on Tuesday.
Commercial department had for the first time in Northeast Frontier Railway formed the Special Task Force (STF) on August 13, 2019 as a part of a special initiative for clean and transparent working.Lear More
PATNA: Joint teams of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Railway Protection Force on Monday night seized a huge consignment of foreign brand cigarettes from Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express at Patliputra junction.
Acting on a tip-off, the joint team raided the SLR van of the express train (12423 Dibrugarh-NDLS Rajdhani express).
Inspector General of RPF Ravindra Verma said, “On receiving a memo from the regional unit of DRI, officers of RPF post recovered 10 packages containing cigarettes from a Paris-based company, the estimated value of which is Rs 37,50,000. The DRI officials will take further legal action.”
The consignment was smuggled from Myanmar to New Delhi through an active racket.
Earlier this year in January, foreign-brand cigarettes of estimated market value of Rs 36 lakh was seized at the same Patliputra junction.Lear More
Rising pressure on drug traffickers to push surplus opium production in Afganistan — processed into heroin in Pakistan — via sea route.
At least two seizures of heroin — 100 and 200 kg each — since the beginning of this year and a few smaller tranches later have put the security agencies on high alert in Gujarat. The estimated market price of 300 kg of heroin could be anything between Rs 1,200 crore and Rs 1500 crore
While the 1600-km long coastline of Gujarat had always been exploited by the smugglers in the past, the current haul indicates a more sinister geopolitical development, that has not only prompted the state anti-terror apparatus and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to move in, but ET has reliably learnt it has attracted the attention of the US investigative agencies as well.
A senior official in one of the agencies now monitoring the developments maintained on the condition of anonymity that with huge surplus production of opium in Afganistan, which is processed into heroin in Pakistan, there is a growing pressure on the narco traders to increase their supply through the sea route.
“While LoC remains too hot for such adventures, the vigil along the international border in Punjab and Rajasthan has also been heightened, leaving the sea route as the preferred zone for the smugglers,” said the official. He also said that with the Combined Task Force-150 (a multinational coalition of naval task force) maintaining a strong vigil over the Strait of Hormuz, Gujarat coast becomes an obvious choice for the Af-Pak narco-traffickers.
In the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from Afganistan coupled with Pakistan’s enhanced belligerence over Kashmir, observers feel that the traffic would only increase in the days to come as the narco-economy is the principal feeder for terror groups operating in the Af-Pak region.
The use of Gujarat coastline as part of the transit route for the contraband has also raised concern among the agencies because if the terror network is being rebuilt, it can be exploited to push in arms and explosives into the country.Lear More
CHENNAI: The Rs 22,000-crore counterfeit auto parts industry — growing faster than car and bike sales, and which doubled in the last five years — is giving headaches to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). They are now hoping that the draft rules to eradicate spurious spares, which were notified in July, will get operational soon.
According to the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the overall counterfeit product industry in India is worth Rs 1 lakh crore, causing the government tax losses of Rs 40,000 crore. While fake products are common in agriculture (fertilisers and pesticides) or even FMCG, they are life-threatening in the automotive and pharmaceutical industry, said ASPA president Nakul Pasricha.
“Counterfeiting is a huge problem in the auto parts after-market segment,” said Pasricha. “The total auto after-market in 2018-19 grew by 9.6% to Rs 67,491 crore ($10 billion) from Rs 61,601 crore ($9 billion) in the previous fiscal. Counterfeit auto components account for 30-40% of the overall after-market for components in retail outlets.”Lear More
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The couple were caught with USD worth Rs 20.34 lakh and UK Pounds worth Rs 80.76 lakh. AIU suspects that the couple was part of a professional smuggling racket.
The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) on Tuesday intercepted an Indian couple, who were flying to Bangkok, with undeclared foreign currency worth Rs 1 crore at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA).
Nagpada residents Rayyan Thakur, 29, and his wife Afren Thakur, 28, were caught with US Dollars worth Rs 20.34 lakh and UK Pounds worth Rs 80.76 lakh. AIU suspects that the couple was part of a professional smuggling racket.
The couple, currently in judicial custody, has been charged under relevant sections of the Customs Act; Passport Act; Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) 1999; and Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import Currency) regulation 2000.
“The foreign currencies had been concealed with thick plastic covers over the trolley bags’ base. During interrogation, they told officers that they had collected the bag from one Adnan Shaikh in Bhendi Bazaar. Shaikh allegedly told them that the bag would be collected by a man in Bangkok. They were to be given Rs 12,000 for this exchange,” said an AIU official.Lear More
Delhi Customs officials have arrested three persons for allegedly trying to smuggle gold and foreign currency in separate incidents in national Capital on Saturday.
In first incident, two persons including an Air India and SATS (Singapore Airport Terminal Services) employee for their alleged involvement in smuggling gold bars worth over Rs 26 lakh at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. While in another incident, a Bangkok bound passenger was nabbed at IGI for allegedly trying to illegally export foreign currency equivalent to over Rs 42 lakh concealed in his check-in baggage.
In first incident, according to a senior Customs official, on Saturday, a passenger arrived at the Terminal-3 of IGI Airport by an Air India Flight. “He was intercepted by the customs officials at the multilevel car parking and brought to the arrival hall along with his baggage,” said the senior Customs official.
“During search, four gold bars weighing 466 grams worth Rs 15,03,277 was recovered. Besides, he had handed over three gold bars weighing 350 grams worth Rs 11,29,071 to the Air India SATS’ Passenger Service Assistant,” said the senior Customs official.Lear More
AGRA: A gang involved in liquor smuggling to Bihar was busted by Sadar police of Agraand seized Rs 1 crore worth liquor.
According to the police, six men were arrested with 861 carton (nearly 11,000 litres) of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) along with a pick-up truck. The nabbed men were identified as Shiv Soni, Arif, Sohail, Shyamsundar, Shahrukh and Gaurav.
Kamlesh Kumar Singh, station house officer of Sadar said, “After a long chase, the gang was nabbed near Saudagar Line. During interrogation, the gang claimed, that they smuggle liquor of various brand into Bihar from Haryana, as there is a sky rocketing demand of liquor due to ban.”
“The other gang members were arrested with smuggled liquor in Bihar, Chandauli (UP) and Agra earlier. At present, four members of the gang are absconding who were identified as Praveen Shivhare, Vinod Jadaun, Anwar and Surendra Khatik,” he added.Lear More
Kolkata, July 27 Busting two gold smuggling rackets in Kolkata and Siliguri, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 12.5 kg of foreign origin gold valued at Rs 4.44 crores, an official said on Saturday.
In a drive against gold smuggling syndicates, DRI officials intercepted four persons – Bapi Bairagi, Nuton Bairagi, Ashim Singha and Kumkum Singha – at the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station Saturday and seized an amount of gold from them. The four were travelling from Guwahati on the Howrah-bound Saraighat Express.
“During interrogation, they said they had visited Guwahati to offer puja at Kamakhya Temple. However, 36 pieces of gold of foreign origin weighing almost 6 kg was recovered and seized from their possession,” the official said.
In another case, DRI officials on Friday apprehended three persons – Sujit Rakshit, Sanjib Rakshit and Milan Swarnakar – from a Howrah-bound bus at Kaikhali on VIP Road here and found they were carrying over 6 kg smuggled gold.
“Around 6.5 kg gold was found concealed in specially made ”waist belts” worn by the three persons. During interrogation, they have admitted that the gold was smuggled from Bangladesh through the Bongaon border and meant to be delivered to a person in Kolkata,” the official said.Lear More
JODHPUR: Liquor bottles have been found in large numbers from last two days on Mandore Express plying between Delhi and Jodhpur. After a seizure of 169 bottles of liquor from the train’s toilets on Wednesday, the Government Railway Police (GRP) seized 217 more bottles of Haryana-made liquor from the toilets of four coaches on Thursday.
According to the superintendent of police (SP) GRP Mamta Rahul, all the liquor was hidden in the ceiling of the toilets to dodge the train guards. On Wednesday, the GRP had received information that liquor was being smuggled in the Mandore Express from Delhi and toilet of the S3 coach was specifically mentioned.
“Our men found a bag containing liquor bottles in the ceiling of the toilet of coach S3 and extended the search to other coaches. This led to another seizure in the toilet of coach S7,” said the officer adding that in total 169 bottles of different brands of Haryana-based liquor were seized.
Keeping this in view, a similar search was conducted on Thursday also after the arrival of the train at Jodhpur railway station at 8am. It may be noted that 217 bottles were seized from different coaches of the train.“We found total 217 bottles of liquor from the toilets of the S3, S4, S6 and S9 coaches. This liquor was also hidden in the ceiling of the toilets,” the officer said. In both the cases, however, no arrest has been made.