The passenger was arrested under the customs act and the cameras were seized from him.
During interrogation, Kumar told officials that each camera can be sold for R3.5 lakh to R4 lakh in India while they are available in Singapore for R1.5 lakh. “If they try to bring it through proper channel, the duty is huge and their margin will reduce significantly. For a huge margin, shopkeepers indulge in smuggling as they earn R1 to R2 lakh per camera,” the customs official added.
Last year, too, a passenger coming from Singapore was arrested while trying to smuggle in cameras, officials said. “Those who stay in Singapore for 3-4 days and visit regularly are kept under special watch,” he further said.