The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) intercepted foreign-Origin gold, weighing 66.4 kilogram and worth Rs 35 crore, last month which were smuggled into India via the indo-Myanmar border, after seizing 83.62 kg of gold bars worth around Rs 43 crore in Delhi that came via the same route. DRI, which has a mandate of countering organized crime groups engaged in smuggling of contraband goods, made significant ‘seizures’ this year and will celebrate its 63rd ‘Founding Day’ on Friday ‘virtually’due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs, this time the celebration will be done virtually on a digital platform in the presence of the Union Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, and the Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Singh Thakur,” a DRI official said. The official added, “As part of the 63rd Founding Day celebrations, a panel discussion on Trade-Based Money Laundering is also been organised through video conferencing with the representatives from AustralianBorder Force, Netherlands and the INTERPOL.”Lear More
CUTTACK: The Millennium City has turned into a hub of food adulteration with 15 such units being unearthed in the last two months including one on Monday.
Police and health officials raided a fake ghee manufacturing unit at the Jagatpur Industrial Estate on the day and seized spurious ghee worth Rs 1 crore. Raw materials including palmolein oil, vanaspati, chemical colours, essence, logos of popular ghee brands, packing materials and manufacturing machines were seized from the unit which was also producing tomato and chilli sauce.
DCP Prateek Singh said the unit has been operational since 2011 and manufactured spurious ghee and sauce in gross violation of the food safety standards. The packaging date mentioned on the product’s label was found to be two months in advance, said Singh. While owner of the unit is absconding, its manager and staff have been detained.Lear More
Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], November 28 (ANI): The Kanadia Police in Indore arrested three accused on Saturday for printing fake currency and seized fake notes with a face value of over Rs 2.78 lakh.
As per Anil Rathore, Deputy Superintendent of Police, the operation has been running for about eight months and the crooks printed notes in the denominations of Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 500.
“Three people have been arrested for printing fake notes in the denominations of 100, 200 and 500. About 22,000 half-printed notes, paper, ink, printer, and a computer have been seized from them,” he said.
Interrogation revealed that over the last few months, fake notes with face value of Rs 8 to 10 lakh were used in the market by the accused, and further investigation is underway.Lear More
JEYPORE: Sunabeda police seized fake currency notes with face value of Rs 3,27,600 from a man near Semiliguda bus stand late on Wednesday night.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of police personnel arrested the accused Anam Khillo of Lekdiguda village within Nandapur police limits and recovered 99 notes of Rs 2,000 denomination, 236 notes of Rs 500 and 116 notes of Rs 100 from him.
Anam had reportedly collected the counterfeits from one Jagdish of Malidusura village within Pottangi police limits and had come to Semiliguda to hand it over to a dealer for circulation in the market.
Sources said a fake currency racket is active in Koraput district and its members have been circulating the notes among gullible people in rural areas. Police have launched a probe to ascertain the involvement of other persons in the racket.Lear More
PRAYAGRAJ: A joint team of Jethwara police and crime branch on Monday claimed to have busted a racket involved in the smuggling of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country-made liquor near Derwa Bazar area and seized 147 cartons of IMFL and 10 cartons of the country made liquor bottles worth Rs 12 lakh.
The police also arrested two men on the charges of smuggling of illegal liquor bottles from Haryana.
The arrested persons have been identified as Abhay Singh and Sunny Srivastava and are residents of Sangipur and Ramgarh Derwa respectively.
Police are also on the lookout for their accomplice identified as Dhirendra Singh alias Bengali, a resident of Kunda who managed to give a slip to police party. SP (Pratapgarh) Anurag Arya said, “A joint team of Jethwara police and crime branch acting upon a specific tip raided a godown located near an English wine shop near Derwa Bazar area where illegal and smuggled liquor from Harayana was stored.”Lear More
A day after the seizure of a huge quantity of country-made liquor from five persons, the Amritsar rural police in a joint operation with the Excise Department have nabbed the kingpin of the racket from Tarn Taran area on Sunday.
He has been identified as Supreet Singh, alias Joti Sekhon, of Nadohar Chowk, Patti. His interrogation further led to the busting of around eight illegal liquor vends in Patti in Tarn Taran, while more recoveries are likely to be made during the further course of investigation, the police claimed.
On Saturday, the rural police had nabbed Lovepreet Singh of Kaler Kalan, Karanpreet Singh of Kaile Kalan, Pehaljit Singh of Ghuman Kalan, Lovepreet Singh of Ghuman Kalan, all residents of Gurdaspur and Baljinder Singh of Patti (Tarn Taran).
According to the police they used to smuggle Indian made foreign liquor (meant for Arunachal Pradesh) via Tarn Taran to Amritsar, Batala and Gurdaspur through link roads. The police recovered 90 boxes of liquor containing 810 litre liquor.Lear More
THANE: Anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch arrested four people, including a woman, and seized counterfeit currency of the value of nearly Rs 11.5 lakh, police said on Wednesday.
Muzzamil Surve (40), Muzaffar Pawaskar (41), Pravin Parmar (43) and Nasrin Kazi (41) were arrested, said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Laxmikant Patil.
Parmar and Pawaskar, the kingpins, are suspected to have taken up counterfeiting due to lockdown and financial difficulties. Patil said the fake currency was of the denominations of Rs200, Rs500 and Rs2,000. “Acting on a tip-off that some persons were to come to Mumbra to sell the fake currency, a team of AEC of Thane city police crime unit lead by senior inspector Rajkumar Kothmire laid a trap near the petrol pump opposite the railway station on Tuesday and nabbed them when they arrived to dispose of the currency,” Patil told TOI.
Seven mobiles were also seized from the arrested persons, against whom offences under sections 489(a) and 489(C) of Indian Penal Code have been registered with Mumbra police. “During interrogation, the accused said the fake notes were printed on JK Bond paper by Parmar on a scanner-cum-printer at his house with Pawaskar’s help,” Kothmire said.Lear More
The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided five establishments dealing in food items, including edible oil, in Thane and Palghar districts and seized goods worth Rs 41.60 lakh for alleged violation of food safety standards, officials said on Sunday.
The raids were conducted by the Thane unit of the FDA on November 12 and 13 on four establishments in Thane district and one in Palghar, they said.
During the pre-Diwali operation, the FDA also destroyed some items that were unfit for human consumption.
“These establishments were found to be violating the FDA rules and regulations,” Joint Commissioner of FDA (Food) Konkan Division, S S Deshmukh, said.
During a raid at a unit in Haloli in Palghar, it was found that the establishment did not have a proper lab for testing cooking oil and it made use of used tins for packing the oil.
Oil worth Rs 8,16,749 was seized during that operation, he said.Lear More
According to Officials, they had maintained a special vigil at the transit area, based on information regarding gold smuggling by a Dubai returnee on flight 6E 8497.
Air Customs officials have busted a smuggling racket that involved five contract staff who were providing housekeeping services at the Airport.
According to Officials, they had maintained a special vigil at the transit area, based on information regarding gold smuggling by a Dubai returnee on flight 6E 8497. On noticing a janitor entering the toilet in the transit area, officials followed him and caught him in the act of retrieving black bundles from a waste bin. On being cut open, three gold paste packets weighing 2 kg were recovered. 1.81 Kg of gold valued at Rs. 93.2 lakhs was recovered, extracted, and seized under Customs Act.
The suspect passenger who had carried the gold from Dubai was intercepted and identified as Sheikhussman,35, a Trichy native. When he received a call from an individual who had come to receive him, officials followed Sheikh to the area outside the airport and nabbed the person who had come to receive the smuggler. He was identified as one Syed Ibrahim Shah,21, of Chennai.Lear More
Counterfeit goods worth Kshs 100 million have been destroyed in Changamwe, Mombasa County by a multi-agency team, comprising government agencies and intellectual property owners to curb the illicit trade.
Speaking during the exercise conducted Monday, the Chairperson of Anti Counterfeit Authority, Florah Mutahi said among the counterfeits destroyed included goods meant for the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, valued at Kshs. 25 million confiscated from unscrupulous traders.
The ACA chairperson observed a study carried out recently revealed that electrical goods account for the bigger percentage of counterfeits into the country.
Other contrabands included cables, shoes, clothes, stationery, construction materials, and chemicals, among others.
She observed that the destruction exercise was showcasing that the government is working towards zero tolerance to counterfeits and illegal goods altogether.