Amid travel restrictions, two Indians caught smuggling gold at Mumbai international airport
Two Indians arriving from Dubai were caught with gold at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (CSMI) airport on Monday. The two passengers arriving from two different flights smuggled over 1.2kg of gold worth Rs 59 lakh. This is when the Indian government has imposed restrictions on international flight operations.
Officials of Mumbai airport Customs detained Farooqui Rehman after he had landed from Dubai on GoAir’s flight G8 4012 at 7.50 am. The Indian national was carrying 705 gm gold worth Rs 3,219,294. Though the customs officials seized the gold, they had yet to release the passenger.
In the second case, Panni Mohammad, who also arrived from Dubai, was detained for smuggling gold. Mohammad travelled by SpiceJet’s SG 174 and was caught in the green channel of the arrival hall. He is also an Indian national and was carrying 575gm of gold worth Rs 2,625,666.
This is not the first case where a passenger arriving from Dubai has been caught. On October 8, Customs caught a man who arrived on a flight from Dubai. On searching him, officials found 24 carat crude gold chains and one bangle, weighing 548g, all of it worth Rs 24.5 lakh.
In the first week of October too, Customs seized 1,127g of gold dust worth Rs 45 lakh that had been concealed in the cavities of three Indians who arrived from Dubai.
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday sought a response from Panjab University on a plea by two senators, seeking quashing of a varsity notice to hold syndicate polls and a stay on the exercise as an interim measure. The one-year term of the last syndicate had ended in December 2020, but the elections could not be held due to repeated delays in the senate polls amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
An assistant sub-inspector with the Panchkula police was killed after The deceased, ASI Ramgopal's PCR vehicle rammed into a divider on the Sector 20/21 dividing road on Thursday. The deceased, ASI Ramgopal, was a resident of Mauli, Panchkula. According to police, the PCR vehicle was moving at a high speed and overturned after ramming into a divider. Police said Ramgopal had joined the force on February 7, 1990, and was currently posted with the PCR wing, Sector 21
In view of the rainy and wildlife breeding seasons, the UT administration has announced closure of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary for general public for three months. The sanctuary, which is normally accessible from two gates in Kansal and Saketri, will remain closed from July 1 to October 1 and reopen on October 2, according to a notice issued by UT deputy conservator of forests Abdul Qayum.
The UT administration on Thursday appointed two assistant estate officers (AEOs) instead of one as was earlier the practice. A Punjab Civil Services officer, Harjeet Singh Sandhu, who was AEO for several months now, has been designated as AEO-I. A UT official said the move was aimed at clearing the backlog of cases in Estate Office and improve its working. Another PCS officer, Sorabh Kumar Arora will also hold the charge of land acquisition officer, relieving Tejdeep Singh Saini.
The 21-year-old driver of the SUV that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl near Botanical Garden, Dhanas, on Tuesday, was arrested on Thursday, police said. The accused driver, Surbhi, 21, hails from Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, and is presently staying at Omaxe City, New Chandigarh. According to police, Surbhi is a second-year student of MA at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. She was immediately granted bail.