Hyderabad: Around 13 tonnes of restricted/prohibited items worth Rs 52.24 lakh have been seized from the cargo complex of the international airport here, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said on Thursday.
Based on specific intelligence, five consignments of unaccompanied baggage of African nationals, originating from Lagos, Nigeria, were intercepted on July 19, a DRI press release said.
Similarly, two consignments of commercial edible goods weighing more than three tonnes valued at Rs 11 lakh were intercepted on July 22, the release said.
Seven passengers – two from Nigeria and five from Hyderabad – were being questioned in connection with the seizure, a DRI official said.
No arrests have been made so far and further investigation was under progress, he said.Lear More
TIRUPATI: Chittoor police busted a counterfeit currency racket on Wednesday. After getting reliable information, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Kuppam (Rural) CI MR Krishna Mohan and Ramakuppam SI G Prasada Rao, visited Vijalapuram village and picked up K Manigandan and K Kubendran at a shop. The team seized counterfeit currency worth Rs 98,000 from the duo.
During interrogation, the team learnt that another four people were involved in the racket. The police conducted a raid on the house of Anant Kumar at Samaguttapalli village in Kuppam mandal and found that he along with M Suresh Kumar, B Hemanth and Devireddy Suresh Reddy, was printing fake currency.
The police took them into custody and seized fake currency worth Rs 2,76,22,000, two laptops, three computers, two printers and printing machinery. A huge number of demonetised currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination were also seized from them.
The accused Manigandan (28), Kubendran (50), and Suresh Kumar (23) hail from Tamil Nadu, while Suresh Reddy (31), B Hemanth (26) and Anant Kumar (33) belong to Chittoor. All the arrested were remanded.Lear More
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted a unique and first of a kind racket of smuggling where food and personal items weighing 10 tonnes were brought to the country without paying the customs duty.
The consignments valued at Rs 41.24 lakh were seized under the customs act.
After receiving specific input on July 19, a sleuth of DRI Hyderabad intercepted five consignments weighing over 10 tonnes at Air Cargo Complex of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.
Further verification of the unaccompanied baggage, which originated from African countries Lagos, Nigeria revealed that the goods were declared as edible foods stuff and personal effects and weighed around 10 tonnes. The total value of the consignment declared to customs was around Rs 1.3 lakh and was found to be grossly undervalued.
DRI officers found a variety of items including noodles, cosmetics, palm oil, beef, dried fish, meat, beverages including alcohol such as whiskey, beer, gin, in huge commercial quantities, which are not allowed to be imported as baggage as per Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act,1992 and Customs Act,1962.Lear More
During a personal check, gold bangles weighing 390 grams valued at Rs 14 lakh were recovered from her innerwear
On examination of their checked-in luggage, 31 cartons of Gudang Garam cigarettes valued at Rs. 75, 000 were also recovered and seized under the Custom Act, 1962.
Chennai: Customs staff at the airport seized gold and foreign cigarettes worth Rs 97,75,000 on Monday. According to airport sources, Noor Ayesha (39) of Cuddalore who had arrived from Singapore was intercepted on suspicion. During a personal check, gold bangles weighing 390 grams valued at Rs 14 lakh were recovered from her innerwear and seized under the Custom Act, 1962.
In another case on the same day, three passengers, Sheikh Dawood (33) Syed Aputhakir (33) and Sahul Hameed (39) of Ramanathapuram, who had arrived from Dubai by an Air India flight were intercepted, 1 kilogram of gold valued at Rs. 37.8 lakh recovered from them. On examination of their checked-in luggage, 31 cartons of Gudang Garam cigarettes valued at Rs. 75, 000 were also recovered and seized under the Custom Act, 1962. Sources said that Syed Aputhakir was arrested as he had an earlier offence booked against him.Lear More
South-East Delhi Police has arrested a notorious liquor smuggler Jawar (43). He is a resident of Palwal, Haryana.
He was smuggling liquor in milk containers on his motorcycle. With the arrest of the accused, 200 quarters of Haryana liquor have been recovered.
In July, near Agra Canal at Mithapur in Delhi, a police team was keeping a vigil on motorcycle riders coming from Faridabad, Haryana.
At around 10 pm on July 22, during checking, the police saw a motorcycle rider carrying milk containers. The rider was coming from Faridabad.
The police team got suspicious about the movement of the milkman and signaled the rider to stop. But, the rider instead picked up speed and tried to dodge the checkpost.
However, the police team successfully intercepted the rider. After he was frisked, four milk containers which were hooked on to the motorcycle had 200 quarters of Asli Masaledar Desi Sharab inside.Lear More
DRI personnel had first intercepted a container truck on the outskirts of Siliguri and recovered over 10.43 lakh cigarette sticks worth Rs 1.04 crore.
KOLKATA: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized illegally imported cigarettes worth Rs 1.62 crore from West Bengal and Assam and arrested three persons in this connection, a statement issued by the agency said on Wednesday.
The consignment was smuggled from Myanmar to India through the porous international border in Manipur, it said.
“DRI strikes at multiple locations to bust the syndicate engaged in smuggling of huge quantities of foreign cigarettes.
“A total of 16.27 lakh sticks (cigarettes) have been seized from three different places in Siliguri, Kolkata and Guwahati, cumulatively valued at Rs 1.62 crore. Three persons have been arrested,” the statement said.
Acting on a tip-off, the DRI personnel had first intercepted a container truck on the outskirts of Siliguri on Sunday and recovered over 10.43 lakh cigarette sticks worth Rs 1.04 crore.Lear More
The accused was arrested with 225 cartons of liquor from Yamuna bridge on Panipat-Khatima highway.
On Sunday, a large consignment of liquor being smuggled from Haryana was seized from a vehicle at the Yamuna bridge check-post on the interstate border in the neighbouring Shamli district.
A man identified as Naresh Kumar was arrested from Yamuna bridge on Panipat-Khatima highway with 225 cartons of liquor, Kairana Circle Officer (CO) Rajesh Kumar said. A case against the accused has been registered, Kumar said.
In a similar incident, the police arrested two persons while allegedly smuggling 578 cartons of foreign liquor worth Rs 52 lakh in a truck. This comes ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the Bulandshahr Parliamentary seat. The constituency will go for polls in the second phase of ongoing general elections, on April 18.
Earlier, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on April 4 claimed to have seized cash, liquor, drugs, gold, silver, and other items amounting worth Rs 1,618.78 crore from across the country just days ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections.Lear More
AGRA: A police raid at a small house at Jagdispura in UP‘s Agra on Friday yielded counterfeit “branded products” – including cosmetics such as facewash, skin foundation, hair oil, lip balm – worth over Rs 50 lakh.
The raid reflects a worrisome situation of the retail market – in Agra and the neighbouring districts in UP- which is flooded with fake products.
The raid was conducted in association with Kolkata-based Anusandhan Investigation and Security Private Limited (AISPL)- the brand product investigation agency which was said to be hired by Hindustan Unilever, Dabur India, Bajaj, Tata Group, Himalaya Drug Company and others.
Speaking to TOI, investigating officer of private agency Dilip Kumar Singh said, “For the last many months our high-end brand clients were complaining about counterfeit products hampering their business in UP. During our extensive investigation, we found that a network of scores of men spread across Agra, Mathura, Meerut, Varanasi, Jaunpur and other disricts was manufacturing counterfeit low-grade quality of products and selling them into market with eminent brand names after repackaging it.”
“In Agra we zeroed in on two men – Kili Rajvee Sama originally hails from Keshavpura New Mumtaz Nagar, Meerut, but was living at rented accommodations in Kishorepura Ki Pulia area of Jagdispura police jurisdiction in Agra as well as in Mathura district.
Hyderabad: The Commissioner’s Task Force (central) team on Sunday raided a shop in Begum Bazaar and seized banned foreign cigarettes worth Rs 2 lakh. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Priya Novelties located at Aziz Plaza in Begum Bazaar and run by Mangilal Jain. The police seized various foreign brands of cigarettes including Paris, Win, Mond and others imported illegally into the country.
“Mangilal Jain was receiving the cigarettes from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata via rail. He was supplying the contraband to the local traders and earning huge profits,” said DCP (Task Force), P Radha Kishan Rao.
Jain procured the cigarette for Rs 6 each and sold it for Rs 20 to Rs 25 to retailers who in turn sold it for a price between Rs 30 and Rs 40 each.
The cigarettes were smuggled into the country via air and sea routes. They reach Gujarat and AP through the sea route and by air, they are brought to Hyderabad via Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.Lear More
The trade value of brand-name products smuggled into Thailand surged in June, partly motivated by bigger profits from the firmer baht, says a Customs Department official.
The department last month saw 45 cases of smuggled brand-name goods worth 42.9 million baht in total, more than doubling the average monthly haul of 20 million baht in the past year, said Tada Choomchaiyo, director of the enforcement division.
The stronger baht resulted in a higher profit from importing goods such as luxury watches and bags for domestic sale, Mr Tada said.
Take Patek Philippe watches as an example. A watch imported into Thailand is subject to a 5% duty plus a 7% value-added tax (VAT), constituting a tax amount of almost 100,000 baht, based on a list price of 800,000 baht. A luxury bag is subject to 20% import duty plus the 7% VAT, Mr Tada said.
Unlike in the past, brand-name products are being smuggled by gangs. The Customs Department has a watch list of 100 suspected smugglers.Lear More