A ghost returns
In June, a traveller named Abdul Sattar aroused the suspicion of customs officers at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
The three cardboard boxes that he had brought along had an unusually high number of stapler pins - 109 in all, to be precise.
Though they were painted grey, it took the officers little time to realise they were made of gold. Weighing 6 grams each, the pins were 754 grams of gold, worth Rs 20 lakh.
In another incident, a counselor-level diplomat travelling from Dubai was nabbed at the Delhi airport carrying 37 kg of jewellery worth Rs 10 crore. When asked to open his bags, he invoked diplomatic immunity.
However, the bags were searched and gold was seized after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) issued search orders.
The diplomat and an Indian passenger accompanying him were detained, but not arrested.
The external affairs ministry decided to deport the diplomat.
The ghost of Haji Mastan has returned to haunt Indian customs and DRI officers.
Text: Vrishti Beniwal, Business Standard
Image Courtesy: Times of India