In a joint operation that underscores the relentless vigilance of India’s defence mechanisms, officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), Delhi, have successfully intercepted and detained a foreign national attempting a significant smuggling operation.
Customs@IGIA in coordination with CISF have seized foreign currency USD 3,07,500 valued at INR2.52 Crores being smuggled by one Uzbekistan national. The said Pax was arrested under Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is underway. pic.twitter.com/O89K5AQzaB
— Delhi Customs (Airport & General) (@AirportGenCus) September 1, 2023
The operation, executed in coordination between India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Customs department at IGI, led to the seizure of foreign currency in USD to the tune of 3,07,500, an amount valued at a staggering INR 2.52 crores in Indian currency.
The accused, identified as a national of Uzbekistan, was apprehended whilst attempting to smuggle this substantial sum of money. His actions have led to his arrest under the rigorous provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The Act is a comprehensive piece of legislation that provides for the levy and collection of duty on imports and exports, prohibits unlawful importation and exportation of goods, and prescribes penalties for such offences.
The arrest serves as a testament to the steadfast vigilance displayed by the CISF and Customs officials, who play a pivotal role in maintaining the security and integrity of India’s bustling aviation industry.
This case, however, also brings to light the potential vulnerability of India’s commercial aviation sector to illicit activities such as smuggling and money laundering. It serves as a stark reminder of the importance of constant vigilance and stringent security measures in safeguarding against such risks.
The investigation into the incident is currently ongoing as officials are trying to unearth the broader network involved in this smuggling operation. Detailed inquiries are being made to ascertain the source of the seized money and the intended use it was going to be put to.
As the situation continues to unfold, this event stands as a stark reminder of the risks that can go hand in hand with increasingly globalized travel, and the need for uncompromising standards of security and vigilance in our airports. It also shows the dedication and service of our security forces, who work tirelessly to ensure the safety and integrity of our national borders.