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Married Couple Held for Smuggling 45 Hand Guns at Delhi Airport: Customs

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Last Updated: July 13, 2022, 18:01 IST

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New Delhi: Customs officials display handguns seized from an Indian couple, who arrived from Vietnam, at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Monday, July 11, 2022. As many as 45 guns worth over ?22 lakh were seized from two bags in their possession. (PTI Photo)(

New Delhi: Customs officials display handguns seized from an Indian couple, who arrived from Vietnam, at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Monday, July 11, 2022. As many as 45 guns worth over ?22 lakh were seized from two bags in their possession. (PTI Photo)(

The officials who made the arrest said a ballistic report will confirm whether the guns are real or not

A married couple was arrested at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle 45 hand guns into the country, customs officials said on Wednesday. The officials who made the arrest said a ballistic report will confirm whether the guns are real or not.

”But in a preliminary report, National Security Guard (NSG) has confirmed that the guns are fully functional,” an official said. The accused, who arrived here from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, had been placed under surveillance by the officials.

The husband and wife duo were accompanied by their infant daughter. The male passenger was carrying two trolley bags, which were handed to him by his elder brother who had arrived from Paris almost at the same time and day as the couple’s flight from Vietnam landed here, the customs department said in the statement.

The elder brother, after handing over the trolley bags, slipped out of the airport, it said. The woman passenger too was active part of this plan as she helped her husband remove and destroy the tags of both the trolley bags that contained the guns, the statement said.

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”Further, examination of these two trolley bags carried by passenger -1 (male passenger) resulted in the recovery of 45 pieces of assorted brand guns having approximate value of Rs 22.5 lakh,” it said. The two were arrested and their child was handed over to her grandmother, the statement said.

Both the passengers have also admitted their previous involvement in smuggling 25 pieces of assorted guns from Turkey with approximate value of Rs 12.5 lakh,” it added.

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first published:July 13, 2022, 18:01 IST
last updated:July 13, 2022, 18:01 IST