Customs booked 2 memory card smugglers

Customs booked 2 memory card smugglers

A view of the aircraft parked inside the bay of Chennai Airport as seen from the bridge opposite the airport.

Chennai,Feb9,2012(TNN): Two persons were arrested at the Anna International Airport late on Tuesday night on charges of smuggling memory cards worth Rs 68 lakh in the Indian market.
The arrested – Ashok Rattan (56) and Pooja Talwar (30) -arrived from Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight. The arrested are Indians residing in Delhi.

Customs officials said 62,400 pieces of 2GB cards were seized from them. During interrogation Rattan said Pooja was his assistant, and they decided to smuggle in memory cards after his business ran into losses.

Acting on a tip-off that memory cards in huge numbers were being smuggled into the country, officers of the air intelligence unit at the airport kept a close watch on the passengers arriving from Bangkok.

Late on Tuesday night, the officers spotted the two walking in uncomfortably. On patting them down, the officers found the memory cards concealed in stockings worn over their legs.

The passengers admitted that they were smuggling in the memory cards for trading them in Chennai at a marked-up price. Both passengers were arrested under the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is on to nab the kingpins.

Customs officials have been on a high alert for the last few days as gold smuggling from Colombo to Chennai has been on the rise. Directorate of revenue intelligence officials at the Chennai airport said that there had been a spike in the tip-offs about smuggling operations in the last few weeks

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