GUWAHATI, Oct 17 - Sleuths of the Customs Department seized smuggled items worth more than Rs 1 crore from the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport last evening.
The smuggled items are believed to be sourced from�China, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The entire consignment comprising 116 bags, included garments, closed-circuit cameras and shoes, weighing more than 4,000 kilograms.
Joy Mahanta, Superintendent, LGBI unit of Customs Department, told this reporter that the consignment was seized on the basis of an intelligence input. The smuggled items were seized from the cargo of a New Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight (number 9W 7068 S2 4690) which originated from Aizawl.
�The names of the shipper has been mentioned to be as LL Siama and Jintu, while the consignment was to be received by three different parties based in Delhi and Mumbai,� Mahanta said. He added that investigation in this connection had begun in Aizawl, Delhi and Mumbai.
�The consignment was without any bill of entry or other relevant documents required for importing goods from different countries,� Mahanta said.
The flight was supposed to reach New Delhi via Guwahati where the consignment�was intercepted. The items were primarily meant to meet the demand of imported goods during Diwali in New Delhi and Mumbai.
�This is an international racket and by importing such stuff illegally, the government is being denied revenue (duty) amounting to several lakhs of rupees,� he added.