2.5 kg gold goes missing from Bengaluru airport, five customs officials booked


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Oct 18: In a shocking incident, as much as 2.5 kg of gold has gone 'missing' from the cargo section of Kempegowda international godown.

The gold had been seized in various cases of smuggling and was stored in the airport gowdown. An FIR has been registered in this connection against five customs officials with the CBI-ACB of the city, based on the complaint given by M J Chetan, joint commissioner of customs.


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The gold that was seized from passengers in the international airport here between June 2012 and December 2014 was kept in the MHB godown of the airport. During the internal investigation conducted by the vigilance officers of the customs department, it has come to light that 2.594 kg of gold that was seized in 13 different cases has gone missing from the godown.

A complaint was raised with the CBI against safety and incharge officials of the godown, to conduct investigation and take suitable action in this connection. Accordingly, an FIR against six people, including five customs officials was registered on October 12.

The customs officials who are named in the FIR are Vinod Chinnappa, assistant commissioner, customs and central excise, K Keshav , assistant commissioner, N J Ravishekhar, superintendent, Deenrex and K E Lingaraju.

  

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    They should have investigated the said officers without informing public about missing gold in their houses and their assets.Now they know and will be also knowing how to hide and be a innocents.Previously in 70s and 80s it was a hell for travellers in Mumbai.When we travel back to Frankfurt in checking women used to check our bags and remove the rest money from bags and hide in their blouses.They made me to pay taxes to my kariamani and two bangles which were so light.Had no other jewellary.since then I never bring any personal jewellary when I visit home.Since this new system came ,we have some relief.Even in the year of Emergency time I had to pay 5,000Rs in 1975,to a officer outside the airport for a small camera .All corrupt customs officer.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    I always use to wonder what happens to all this Gold ...

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  • A A, Dubai

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Same thing happens with beef smuggling also...what happens to it???

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Cease from passengers and freeze at home... How much gone god alone knows from the past years. ....acting heroic in the airport and acting smart as if they perform their duties perfectly. CBI should raid the houses of all govt officials....

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Cynthia
    My relative was caught in the Mumbai Customs for concealing a 100 gold biscuit and he could not go back to his job in the Gulf until, his case was settled. With this problem in my mind, when I brought (Allowed to bring 1 kg gold by declaring as per law) 3 biscuits of 100 gm each, I placed them on the table and told the Custom Officer to charge the duty. He told me to keep it in my pocket and told me to give 200 Saudi Riyals (about Rs 1200 then) to the peon sitting near toilet, I had no option.

    When my friend, a bit religious person was told to give 1000 rupees, he said it was against his conscience. He was levied very high duty on his goods. This way, they are looting the govt.

    You find, most of the Customs officers in Mumbai, live in Lohandwala, Raheja or Hiranandani housing complexes, where an apartment is priced over 3 crores. This is the reality, who will raid ? A police officer residing in my building in Mumbai was caught taking 7 lakh bribe and was arrested. After a week, he went to duty wearing uniform. He said, he paid 10 lakhs to superiors.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Oh my goodness.... This is the world where we live.... govt officials regularly sprinkling sand on govt eyes and make them blind....

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  • Joyce, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Taking so much of bribe will they ever be happy Cynthia... A line of curse is only enough to ruin their lives.. Such a sad state ....

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Concealing a 100 gold biscuit, be read as a 100 gm gold biscuit

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Sanathan
    Ppl like you r also responsible for thus curruption. When a Co passenger said he is ready to pay duty why you opt for an easy way out? You r also equally responsible for the mess which whole country faces. If every citizen acts like you no MODI or SHASTRI can change the fortune of INDIA.
    Now p blame Govt for non performence. How you expect the Govt to manage the country if all citizen behaves lije you.
    Ppl lije you don't have moral right to criticise the Govt

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Rathan
    I had placed my 3 gold biscuits on the table and told him to charge duty. In my 20 yeas service in Aramco, I had travelled at least 25 times to and fro from Saudi Arabia and I know how customs work.
    If we do not pay the bribe, we are charged the double custom duty on our goods arbitrarily by them.
    Whatever you say, I agree, anyway I have learnt to be practical and I am not a saint.

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  • John, Manguluru

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    Why you are acting like a sober saying that your friend is religious and do not want to bribe. Who wants to believe your cooked up story. In the first place, Your friend should not bring gold biscuit. and he can buy gold in India.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    All part of the Acche Din. Can not blame anyone except for ourselves. People voted to Modi to bring a change in corrupt culture in every govt., offices. Now, corruption is legalized, starting from Rafael Deal. These days corrupt go for big frauds, big money. Once big money in the pockets, with some political connection, everything can be bought, even can get the person higher dignity and reputation. There are some TV anchors who can do that very easily. But, India wants to know why?

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  • James, Manguluru

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    We have to beg with katori to this kind hearted richest lady to make her son PM and save India.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    CBI should make proper investigation and catch the culprits quickly. If you forgive the fox for stealing your chicken, he will take your sheep,

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  • Felix Muscat, Udupi

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    One day the confiscated drugs would come up to public domain with the 90% missing quantity. Upon catching the consignments, there are chances, again the same quantity sold to black market and it keeps on circulating till our young generation wiped out.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    ಬೇಲಿಯೇ ಹೊಲ ಮೇದರೆ ಏನು ಮಾಡುವುದು ಸಾರ್...

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    There are MahaChor's in our country.... India developing..!!!

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  • Alwyn, mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    May be the custom officials who carried out this daketi, i am sure that they are involved in smuggling of gold by providing assistance to the smugglers. arrest these govt smugglers and enquire about the illegal wealth they have accumulated. You will get many more issues like this and more and more customs officials will be found taking away gold from the treasury + assisting smugglers.

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  • Roney Veigas, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    So many time I watched the airport officer's are harassing passenger for bringing gold for their family. that gold is within the lilimit!!!!!!!hard earning money....

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