SMUGGLING

  • Finance Minister for more global cooperation to check tax evasion, smuggling December 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Calling upon revenue intelligence agencies to enhance cooperation with their global counterparts to check tax evasion and smuggling, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said free trade should also mean fair trade. Although the fiscal incentives for financial malpractices have come down over the years, the Minister said revenue...
  • 5 Indian fishermen set free by Sri Lanka arrive in Chennai November 21, 2014

    Chennai: Five fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were sentenced to death in Sri Lanka for alleged drug trafficking but set free after President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned them, arrived on Friday. The fishermen from Rameswaram, who were released by Sri Lankan authorities on Thursday, arrived by an Air India flight at 1:05...
  • Tamil fishermen released from Sri Lankan prison to reach home today November 20, 2014

    Chennai: The five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case will reach home on Thursday. The fishermen were released on Wednesday by Sri Lankan government. The decision came a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan President where they agreed to transfer the...
  • Indian fishermen released: Sri Lanka says it's a pardon but not a reduction of sentence November 19, 2014

    Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. Sri Lankan Minister Senthil Thondaman said, "PM Modi spoke to President Rajapaksa and the latter decided to pardon the five Indian fishermen facing death sentence. It...
  • Sri Lanka releases 5 Indian fishermen facing death sentence after President Rajapaksa grants pardon November 19, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. The decision came a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan President where they agreed to transfer the fishermen to an...
  • Thailand: American questioned for shipping human body parts November 17, 2014

    Bangkok: Police say an American tourist visiting Thailand was questioned after a shipping company X-rayed his parcels and found they contained several preserved human parts, including an infant's head, babies' feet and heart. Police Colonel Chumpol Poompuang says the 31-year-old man told police he bought the body parts at an outdoor...
  • Wife of death-row Tamil Nadu fisherman moves High Court November 2, 2014

    Madurai: The wife of one of the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court on charges of drug smuggling has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and others to appoint a counsel and conduct the appeal in an effective manner. In her...
  • Border agents at Detroit-Windsor tunnel arrest a man who had 50 turtles strapped to his body and hidden between his legs September 28, 2014

    Detroit: A Canadian man has been charged after border agents at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel found more than 50 turtles strapped to his body and hidden between his legs. The Detroit News reports that Windsor, Ontario, resident Kai Xu was charged Wednesday with smuggling, illegal trading and exporting. A bond hearing was...
  • Bangladesh becoming gold smuggling hub: Officials September 25, 2014

    Dhaka: Bangladesh has seen a huge leap in gold smuggling to neighbouring India, the customs intelligence chief said. Mainul Hossain Khan said his team was catching gold smugglers red-handed every day at the country's two international airports, with bullion brought in mainly from the Middle East and believed destined for...
  • Indian pharmacologist charged with smuggling fake drugs September 13, 2014

    Washington: An Indian pharmacologist and an American pharmacist have been charged with smuggling four million misbranded and counterfeit pharmaceuticals into the US, federal prosecutors said. Indian Balbir Bhogal, 67, from Las Vegas, and Wisconsinbased pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimn, 59, were arraigned on an indictment in federal court in Central Islip, New...
  • Tamil Nadu: Police seek information on 900yearold idol of Lord Nataraja abroad September 6, 2014

    Chennai: Alerted about a 900yearold idol of Lord Nataraja, said to have been smuggled abroad and bought by an art gallery for a princely sum, Tamil Nadu police sought information from public as well as officials to help them trace it. Releasing a picture of the idol, police announced a...
  • Is the decision of banning alcohol political & not ideological August 22, 2014

    In a move that has sent ripples across Kerala, the state which was once infamous for its love for liquor is soon set to run dry. The state government has bowed down to pressure from within to announce that it will enforce prohibition in a phased manner. ...
  • Does prohibition of alcohol work? August 22, 2014

    In a move that has sent ripples across Kerala, the state which was once infamous for its love for liquor is soon set to run dry. The state government has bowed down to pressure from within to announce that it will enforce prohibition in a phased manner. ...
  • Police arrest criminals carrying 75 smuggled tortoises to Delhi August 8, 2014

    A suspected tortoise smuggler has been arrested on Friday from Kanpur railway station after police found 75 tortoises in the gunnybag he was carrying. Police said the arrested, Kishanpal from Kolkata, was about to board a train to his hometown when they apprehended him and recovered 75 tortoises, landdwelling reptiles, from...
  • 2 persons arrested with smuggled items worth Rs 10 lakh August 8, 2014

    Two persons were arrested with contraband worth Rs 10 lakh in Saini area in Kaushambi, police said. Rakesh Kumar and Sandeep Kumar Singh were arrested near Lahedra bridge on Thursday evening and 20 gram smack worth Rs 10 lakh was recovered from their possession, they said. Police said the duo was taking...
  • Police seize a truck bearing smuggled liquor August 8, 2014

    A truck allegedly carrying smuggled liquor was seized by excise officials and its driver arrested near Jait on Thursday. "Twelve hundred (1,200) boxes of whisky were recovered from the truck whose driver, Kamlesh Yadav, has been arrested. "However, the truck driver's associate, Bablu, managed to give the slip to the excise...
  • Police seize fake currency of Rs 1 lakh, three arrested July 13, 2014

    Three persons, alleged tobe smugglers of the fake Indian currency notes (FICN), werearrested on July 13 and fake currency notes having the face valueof Rs one lakh were recovered, police said. All notes were in the denomination of Rs 500. Acting on a tipoff, the Special Task Force (STF) of BiharPolice arrested...
  • Mumbai: Police seize tugboat, detain 4 people July 10, 2014

    Mumbai: In an apparent case of smuggling, the coastguard officials intercepted a tugboat off the Mumbai coast on June 29 and detained four people. The boat, Ganga Sagan, was sailing in the route between Gujarat and Karachi without the necessary documents or permissions. Police suspect the boat could be part of a...
  • 8.5 kg gold, 12 kg silver seized during 'Operation Hamla' from Bhopal man June 25, 2014

    In a chance yield, unaccounted gold biscuits weighing 8.5 kg and 12 kg of silver were seized from two persons in Chennai during the routine twoday antiterrorist preparatory drill 'Operation Hamla' that began in 13 coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, police said. Personnel of Police, Coast Guard, Coastal Security...
  • Gold bars worth Rs 30 lakh seized from air passenger June 14, 2014

    Kochi: Gold bars worth Rs 30 lakh were seized from a passenger who arrived at the International airport here from Dubai, custom officials said today. 30yearold Ameer Ariyamillathil hailing from Vatakara in Kozhikode, had smuggled in the gold bars wrapped in black cello tape and concealed them in his hip pocket,...
  • Badal to take up drug smuggling issue with Vasundhara Raje June 5, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Wednesday said he would take up the issue of drug smuggling from neighbouring Rajasthan into the state with his counterpart Vasundhra Raje. "Drugs like poppy husk are being openly sold in Rajasthan due to which it is difficult for the Punjab government to check...
  • CM Hemant Soren orders probe into coal smuggling May 2, 2014

    Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday ordered a vigilance probe into the complaints of coal smuggling in Hazaribagh district and alleged involvement in it by some police officers. Soren asked to submit a report within two months, an official press release said in Ranchi. He also directed to prepare an action...
  • Kochi: Over Rs 50 lakh worth gold seized from air passengers April 8, 2014

    Gold weighing 1.7397 kg totally and valued at Rs 50.93 lakh was seized and three passengers, including a Singapore citizen, were arrested by customs officials at the airport in Kochi on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle the precious metal in different forms. While two of the passengers arrived from Singapore,...
  • 16 liquor smugglers arrested in Meerut April 5, 2014

    Sixteen liquor smugglers were arrested from various districts of Meerut division in western Uttar Pradesh and 60 litres raw liquor and 3,106 bottles of smuggled liquor seized from them, police said on Friday. The raw liquor was seized from Muzafarnagar and Saharanpur areas, they said, adding around 2,600 bottles were seized...
  • Drugs, fake currency smuggler arrested in Barmer April 1, 2014

    A history-sheeter, active in smuggling of drugs and fake currency across Indo-Pak border, was arrested from Barmer, police said today. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Nabia alias Nawab (58) last night from his house in Gagaria village of Barmer district and recovered three mobile handsets and four SIM cards from...
  • Holy cities of Varanasi, Gaya used for smuggling rare tortoises, turtles March 30, 2014

    The holy cities of Varanasi and Gaya are being increasingly used for smuggling of rare tortoises and freshwater turtles, according to the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC. TRAFFIC officials said the final destination for these turtles, smuggled via Bangkok, is Hong Kong. The officials pointed out at the recent arrest of suspected...
  • STF arrests man involved in smuggling of forest goods March 23, 2014

    A man, who is part of a gang involved in smuggling of forest goods and wildlife, was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) from Bahraich district, official sources said in Lucknow. Tejpal Maurya was arrested on a tip off on Saturday by the team of STF and a forest officer...
  • Night curfew extended by 2 months in border areas March 14, 2014

    With a view to check smuggling and infiltration across Indo-Pak border here, the night curfew has been extended by two months in border areas of the district. The night curfew remains in force in villages Poogal, Khajuwala and Kolayat of the district from 7 pm to 6 am, officials said, adding,...
  • Police arrests three from petro-product smuggling gang March 13, 2014

    Police on Thursday claimed to have busted a petroleum-product smuggling gang, operating from the Mathura refinery by arresting three of its members. "While three member of the gang have been arrested, fourth one, Fateh Chandra managed to dodge the police. Five hundred and twenty-five litres of petrol and diesel have been...
  • Police seize cartons of illegal liquor meant for elections March 12, 2014

    As many as 87 cartons of illegal liquor, meant for distribution during election time, were seized from a godown at Bisrakh area in Greater Noida on Wednesday. Police also seized an SUV with beacon light and fake licence plate, crime branch in-charge Gamai Prasad Yadav said. The illegal liquor was brought from Haryana...