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Wednesday, September 04, 2013 9:06:37 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: Saffron worth Rs 10 lac seized at airport, passenger arrested

Mangalore: Saffron worth Rs 10 lac seized at airport, passenger arrested

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Mangalore, Sep 4: The officers of customs at Mangalore International Airport on Wednesday September 4 seized saffron weighing 10 kg, approximately valued at Rs 10 lac from a passenger.

The passenger, identified as  Abdul Shukkur Pallipuzha, a resident of Pallikere, Kasargod district arrived at Mangalore International Airport on September 4 at about 10.30 am by Air India Express flight IX 814 from Dubai.

He had concealed 10 kg of 'Badiee' brand Iranian saffron along with clothes and other personal effects inside two carton boxes.

The passenger was arrested and produced before the' magistrate. Further investigation is under progress.

Operations were conducted under the supervision of V Shreenivas Phani, assistant commissioner and were led by C N Rajashekar, superintendent along with superintendents Vasudeva Naik D, B Prabhakara Poojary, Lionel Fernandez, B A Kariappa and inspectors G Ramachandra Naidu, K T Preethi Suma, Bikram Chakraborty and constables K S Ravindra and Sowmya B Naik.

In addition, on August 29, the officers of customs at Mangalore International Airport seized about 165 grams of gold valued at Rs.3,83,000 concealed inside the baggage from a passenger.

The passenger was Anwar Sadath, a resident of Kollambady, Kasaragod, who arrived at Mangalore International Airport on August 29 by Air India Express flight IX814 from Dubai at 9.45 am. Further investigation is under progress.

Based on credible intelligence, the commissioner of customs, Mangalore, D Purushotham, IRS on August 28 directed and guided the customs special preventive to conduct preventive operation/examination of baggages of certain persons travelling by the Air India Express Flight IX814 and Air India Express flight IX384.

The search resulted in the seizure of 20 gold chains weighing 173 grams valued at Rs 4,23,850 concealed in extension cord box belonging to Abdul Rahiman Kunhi who arrived from Dubai, and another seizure from Abdul Rahiman Kunnil who was trying to clandestinely clear 50 cartons of high value cigarettes without having statutorily required pictorial warning on the packs and 5,000 sachets of RMD Gutkha, both items prohibited under law.

Both the operations were conducted under the supervision of V Shreenivas Phani, AC (CSP) and were led by Egbert Pereira, superintendent, CSP, and ably assisted by Rakesh Kumar, Ajay Aiyappa P S, G V Chalapathy, inspectors and M V Hiremath, constable. The investigation is in progress.

Further, commissioner D Purushotham expressed his deep concern regarding the increasing trends in smuggling and directed the officers to intensify the vigilance and surveillance and crack the attempts made by the unscrupulous elements who are indulging in these activities.

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Comments on this article
Imran khan, Mumbai
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Saffron is so healthy and huge uses in india..
So plz free duty....

Rajesh, Udupi
Saturday, September 07, 2013

He needs support. he is a victim of saffronization :-)

vinod, dubai
Friday, September 06, 2013

kasargod wale aisa kyo karte ho

Khalid, Kundapura/Mangalore
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Guy looks more than our Bollywood Heros

shagird, mangalore
Thursday, September 05, 2013

saffron is good for health.why cant they allow free import ??? stuppid laws

aravind, dubai
Thursday, September 05, 2013

S, it is good for health and for Wealth as well. That is the reason .....

Vicky D, Dubai
Thursday, September 05, 2013

It looks like Shukkur is modeling for Bad-iee Saffron. The expiry period of the saffron is only few months left. Please dont waste it, we can distribute the saffron to all the pregnent ladies so that every one can gets white-white babies..

ali, qatar
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Dear Mr.Vicky....The expiry period of the saffron upto june 2015....please read one more time.

R.Bhandarkar, M'lore
Thursday, September 05, 2013

See 'CI'!!....Now original photos only shown here by Daiji....
No Byaari Munchi...
No Byaadagi last time!
Wondering what 'CI' is ? It is 'COMMENT IMPACT'.....just like DW Impact!! Gotcha!

Charles D'Mello, Pangala
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Surprisingly when such a catch is made all the officers and their directors names will be published in the Media......When these officers commit a mistake...even the person speaks to the media is anonymous....!!!????? Correct me If I am wrong.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Kasargod: 12 Points
Bhatkal: 9 Points
Kudla: 1 point

P. Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat., Hosabettu
Thursday, September 05, 2013

This is not the first time siezed Safrron. I think 3rd time & all passenger from Dubai & residing at Kasaragod. I doubt there is a big racket of Saffron smugglers with the connection of Custom Officers on duty. But unfortunately when the shift changes or higher officers unexpected presence make this smuggling tough. Other wise just imagine, how any one can bring so bulk of saffrons every time. ??

audumber, Dubai
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Why crores off scam made by politicians are not caught till now. Hard earned money of gulf people who will take saffron a comodity is it a crime. politicians sitting in the seat who made our currency substandard by theirscame game are not Customs officer is making crores of money is not a criminal. They are beggers!!!!!!!!!

Chandu Shetty, Yekkur
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Great work police dept. What a look his!!! Looking like a hindi film actor!!Now a days Kasaragod like a smugglers, fake currency printers,murderers,rowdy's and terrorists activity HUB..

N Mukkawala, KSA,Kinnigoly
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

If Govt fails to boost the Economy, soon Onion , Petrol , many more things will fly in. Sukaralla so far Almond,pista are not banned !! I wonder if only certain community/regions passengers are targeted or pirates of kasargod ???

Derick Dsouza, M'lore/Dubai
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I think this poor guy not reading Daijiworld news......!

KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

After Bacrebail & Co raised their voice against saffronisation,lot saffron started flowing into the country by back door!!!

Ajith, Mangalore
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I don't understand why Indian authorities catching saffron smuggling? They can very well impose some duty and let it pass. Is it excisable item? It looks like our police catching cow transporters and taking photos and publishing in the media. When we have so many followers of saffron ideology in the country why not saffron accepted as a commodity?

Deepak Shetty, Mangalore
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I do not know how this stuff comes to India,because its not easy to make that kind of money just by working.Anyway whole world is corrupt to the core. These custom officers ? well just conduct tax raid in their homes and run a thorough investigation on their family ban accounts and see what assets they have.You will be shocked.I hope someday we all know the true justice to serve us right!

vinaya, mangalore
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Now a days almost every two days passengers arriving from dubai were caught either for getting gold,saffron etc...Inspite of people knowing that mangalore customs officials are intelligent and only one flight lands at an interval of abt one hour from all over gulf.So these custom officers have enough time to check the baggage of passengers of each flight and they know by looking at someones face.Hats off to the custom officers and thanks daiji for publishing all the beautiful photographs.

Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

What is the point in banning a good thing like saffron? Demand is more than supply.

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