By Our Employees Reporter
IMPHAL, Apr 25 : In a serious haul, a complete of 65 items of gold bars of international origin have been recovered from the possession of a 33 yr outdated man at Imphal Worldwide airport right this moment.
The seized gold embrace 65 items weighing 10.79 kgs and value Rs 5,76,72,550 out there.
The accused was later produced earlier than the Courtroom of the CJM, Imphal West right this moment and remanded to judicial custody.
Addressing media individuals on the workplace of the Customs Division, Imphal, Assistant Commissioner HL Songate recognized the courier as Wangkhem Ibungobi (33) S/o Wangkhem Babaton of Awang Khunou Maning Leikai, Imphal West.
Appearing on particular data, workers of the anti-smuggling unit of Customs Division and workers of an Air Asia flight scheduled to proceed to Delhi have been placed on alert.
Accused Wangkhem Ibungobi was discovered transferring in a suspicious method and he was detained close to the X ray counter and questioned on the content material of his baggage. At this level the accused mentioned that the baggage was not his and it was given to him to hold until Delhi for some financial consideration, recalled the Assistant Commissioner.
On opening the baggage within the presence of Air Asia workers, 65 gold bars have been discovered hid inside a black polythene bag wrapped in a blanket, he added.
In complete the gold bars weighed 10.79 kgs and its worth has been estimated at Rs 5,76,72,550.
Later the accused was produced earlier than the CJM Imphal West together with a prayer for judicial custody.
Going into particulars, the IO of the case submitted that throughout the interrogation it got here to gentle that the accused got here to Imphal from Shillong on April 20 to fulfill his mom and stayed at his step father’s residence situated at Awang Khunou and on April 23 he was contacted by one Rocky to ebook a flight to Delhi on April 24.
The identical evening as per instruction of Rocky he went to Singjamei Grocery store and met him. There Rocky handed him a bit of paper as token with an inscription and in addition instructed him to fulfill one other individual. Yesterday morning at round 8.30 he gave the token to an unknown individual at Keishamthong and the unknown individual handed over the baggage to hold it to Delhi in a flight.
The IO additional submitted that the accused was not capable of produce any paperwork in help of authorized possession, importation and transportation of 65 gold bars of international origin and prayed for judicial remand for clean investigation of the case. The Courtroom remanded the accused to judicial custody remand until Might 9.