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59 Kgs of Gold Stolen From Customs’ Secure Vault at IGI Airport

About 83 kgs of gold has been replaced with lookalike metals in the past 2 years at IGI’s Customs vault.

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  • An inspection team from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport has revealed that 59 kgs of gold, worth Rs 18.3 crore, has been stolen from the Customs Department’s high-security locker at the airport, reports The Times of India.

  • Earlier, about 24 kgs of the precious metal had been replaced with lookalike metals in the past two years, raising suspicion over the customs officials at the airport who are charged with the vault’s security.

  • A case has been registered under IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy).

  • In June last year, the Customs Department had revealed that 11kgs of gold had been nicked from its vault. In 2014 also, an FIR had been lodged after Customs discovered a series of thefts. Police say Customs reported the thefts on 16 and 20 January, 30 April and 23 December, 2014.

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