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Customs dept lock up seized sex toys

The Mumbai Airport Customs have sent the sex toys seized from a 50-year-old NRI woman to the customs department’s warehouse for safekeeping, as she has not responded to their summons.

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2011 02:13 IST
Manish Pachouly

The Mumbai Airport Customs have sent the sex toys seized from a 50-year-old NRI woman to the customs department’s warehouse for safekeeping, as she has not responded to their summons.

The woman, who was detained on July 17 with sex toys and other goods after she arrived in the city from the US, was released the same day. She was given summons asking her to appear before the customs authorities the next day. This was necessary because the authorities need to destroy the sex toys since the import and export of sex toys is banned in India.

The woman is yet to respond to the summons, which has stalled the interrogation procedure.

Mahendra Pal, additional commissioner of Customs, Air Intelligence Unit, confirmed that the woman has not reported to the Customs till date.

The authorities will send her summons again this week. “This time, it will be sent to the Chennai address mentioned on her passport,” a senior official said.

The official said she couldn’t leave the country without completing the procedure. “We have issued an alert and a lookout circular for her,” he said.

The officials expect the woman to report after her daughter’s wedding in Chennai on July 28.

The official said if she didn’t respond to the second and then the third summons, penal action would be taken against her.