Air traveller caught with over 10 kg Gold at Imphal airport

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Imphal: Imphal Customs Division on Sunday nabbed a person at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal for carrying gold biscuits packed in a luggage.

The person was identified as Wangkhem Ibungobi Singh, 33, son of late Babaton, resident of Awang Khunou Maning Leikai, Imphal West.

Ibungobi was was about to travel to Delhi on Air Asia flight.

Assistant commissioner, Customs Division Imphal H.I. Songate on Monday said an information was received by the superintendent, Air intelligence unit (AIU), Imphal Customs Division to the effect that a person named W. Ibungobi Singha dark in complexion will travel from Imphal to Delhi by Air Asia Flight on Sunday at about 9:00 am to 11:30 am carrying gold in biscuit form inside his luggage.

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Accordingly the Air Asia staff in the Imphal International Airport were duly alerted. At about 10 am, a passenger of Air Asia Flight No.19784 Imphal to Delhi (11:15 am), Wangkhem Ibungobi Singh was suspected to be the person. So he was instructed to wait near the X-ray counter The customs officers of AIU approached the said person and introduced themselves as customs officers and enquired whether he has anything contraband in his luggage, to which he replied that the luggage was not his and that it was given by another person to carry it till Delhi for some monetary consideration. The luggage was opened by the customs officers in presence of Air Asia staff and was found to contain 65 pieces of yellow metal suspected to be gold of foreign origin concealed in black polythene plastic wrapoed in blanket inside the luggage, Songate said.

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A case has been registered and W. Ibungobi had been arrested under relevant section of the Customs Act, 1965. The value of the seized gold weighing around 10.79 kg is estimated to be of value Rs.5,76,72,550. Further Investigation to nab the other offenders of the case Is going on, the assistant commissioner said.

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