Assistant Commissioner among 8 Custom officers shifted as 30 smugglers escape during questioning in Lucknow

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Lucknow: Acting against its officer, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has asked eight Custom officers, including an Assistant Commissioner, to report to headquarters after 30 passengers accused of smuggling managed to escape from the Lucknow Airport during interrogation.

As per the reports, these flyers were detained allegedly for smuggling gold into the country escaped after one of them pretended to fall sick and created chaos during the questioning.

Customs Assistant Commissioner AK Singh, who is among the officers asked to report to the headquarters, is accused of reporting the matter two days later. A departmental probe has been ordered against all the officers. A team of ten new officers has been deployed at the airport.

Meanwhile, Customs and police officials have launched a search operation to nab the missing passengers.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Shashank Singh said officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Customs Department on Monday stopped 36 passengers from Sharjah at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport. When the officials frisked them, cigarettes worth more than Rs 3 crore and cash worth Rs 23.90 lakh were seized from some of them, Singh said.

Six of the passengers told officials that they were carrying gold, he said.

On Tuesday, when the remaining 30 passengers were being questioned, one of them pretended to be ill and created chaos. Taking advantage of this, all of them fled, the officer said.

A case has been registered under relevant sections on the complaint in the matter and efforts are being made to arrest the accused.

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