Imphal: Customs division, Imphal has seized 19 gold biscuits estimated Rs. 1,99,20,644 from a coach driver of Indigo Airlines and a passenger at Imphal International Airport on Sunday.
The arrested persons were identified as one Maibam Priyobrata Singh, 32, son of M. Lilasing Singh of Nambol Kongkham, Makha Leikai, Bishnupur district and A. Minaketan Sharma (coach driver), 28, son of A. Premchandra Sharma of Bhramapur Aribam Leikai, Imphal East district.
Acting on a reliable source officers of anti-smuggling unit, Custom Division, Imphal went to departure terminal of Imphal International Airport wherein the security staff of Indigo Airlines detained one passenger and one coach driver of the same airlines with some illegal items, Customs Division, Imphal said in a press release.
After reaching the airport, the customs officers detected 10 gold biscuits of foreign origin. Subsequently, after follow up investigation and interrogation by the custom officers along with the staff of the airlines recovered another nine gold biscuits from the said suspects from their belongings after few hours.
The gold biscuits were seized at the custom divisional office.
Customs officials reported that the total value of the contraband gold biscuits is estimated at Rs 1,99,20,644 as on Sunday’s market rate.
In the photograph issued by Customs Division officials the seized gold biscuits weigh 3.155kg.
The accused have been arrested under relevant section of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation to nab the other offenders of the case is going on, the release said.