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Customs seizes air rifles, pistols from foreign post office

Only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import air rifles or pistols

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Customs seizes air rifles, pistols from foreign post office

The (FPOs) in the country are being used by syndicates to smuggle in air rifles, pistols, narcotics, and among others.

The new modus operandi of syndicates operating from abroad and within the country has left officials worried as the number of seizures have gone up in the recent times.

Over 50 air rifles, and cartridges have been seized from Delhi Foreign Post Office in past few months, a senior official said.

According to the rules, only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import or

These and were misdeclared as old clothes by smugglers. On suspicion, when the parcels were opened at the FPO, the officials found arms in them, they said.

On Tuesday, three consignments were checked by officials who found foreign-brand and in them. Two consignments had 168 cartons of of brands like Benson and Hedges, Dunhill, Pine. The value of these is assessed to be worth Rs 3.13 lakh.

In the third parcel, 4,320 of 8 GB capacity each were seized by the officials. The parcels had come from Hong Kong, sources said.

In 2015-16, 13 consignments of narcotic drugs — and — were seized totalling 1.2 kg and valued at Rs 6.13 crore, they said.

The sources said similar seizures have been reported from other FPOs across the country.

officials point out at the lacunae in functioning of the FPOs across the country and have been strongly emphasising on their complete automation.

In Delhi, the foreign post office is located in ITO area, about 25 km from airport, and it is manually functioning. The FPOs are prone to misuse by smugglers as the goods are not properly scanned or cross checked, they said.

What is worrying for the officials is the dual control over the

"It becomes difficult to take any corrective steps as are under administrative control of the postal departments whereas most of the staff of department (which is under the Finance Ministry) work at these post offices," a source said.

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Customs seizes air rifles, pistols from foreign post office

Only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import air rifles or pistols

Only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import air rifles or pistols
The (FPOs) in the country are being used by syndicates to smuggle in air rifles, pistols, narcotics, and among others.

The new modus operandi of syndicates operating from abroad and within the country has left officials worried as the number of seizures have gone up in the recent times.

Over 50 air rifles, and cartridges have been seized from Delhi Foreign Post Office in past few months, a senior official said.

According to the rules, only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import or

These and were misdeclared as old clothes by smugglers. On suspicion, when the parcels were opened at the FPO, the officials found arms in them, they said.

On Tuesday, three consignments were checked by officials who found foreign-brand and in them. Two consignments had 168 cartons of of brands like Benson and Hedges, Dunhill, Pine. The value of these is assessed to be worth Rs 3.13 lakh.

In the third parcel, 4,320 of 8 GB capacity each were seized by the officials. The parcels had come from Hong Kong, sources said.

In 2015-16, 13 consignments of narcotic drugs — and — were seized totalling 1.2 kg and valued at Rs 6.13 crore, they said.

The sources said similar seizures have been reported from other FPOs across the country.

officials point out at the lacunae in functioning of the FPOs across the country and have been strongly emphasising on their complete automation.

In Delhi, the foreign post office is located in ITO area, about 25 km from airport, and it is manually functioning. The FPOs are prone to misuse by smugglers as the goods are not properly scanned or cross checked, they said.

What is worrying for the officials is the dual control over the

"It becomes difficult to take any corrective steps as are under administrative control of the postal departments whereas most of the staff of department (which is under the Finance Ministry) work at these post offices," a source said.
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Customs seizes air rifles, pistols from foreign post office

Only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import air rifles or pistols

The (FPOs) in the country are being used by syndicates to smuggle in air rifles, pistols, narcotics, and among others.

The new modus operandi of syndicates operating from abroad and within the country has left officials worried as the number of seizures have gone up in the recent times.

Over 50 air rifles, and cartridges have been seized from Delhi Foreign Post Office in past few months, a senior official said.

According to the rules, only those who have licence from national and state rifle associations can import or

These and were misdeclared as old clothes by smugglers. On suspicion, when the parcels were opened at the FPO, the officials found arms in them, they said.

On Tuesday, three consignments were checked by officials who found foreign-brand and in them. Two consignments had 168 cartons of of brands like Benson and Hedges, Dunhill, Pine. The value of these is assessed to be worth Rs 3.13 lakh.

In the third parcel, 4,320 of 8 GB capacity each were seized by the officials. The parcels had come from Hong Kong, sources said.

In 2015-16, 13 consignments of narcotic drugs — and — were seized totalling 1.2 kg and valued at Rs 6.13 crore, they said.

The sources said similar seizures have been reported from other FPOs across the country.

officials point out at the lacunae in functioning of the FPOs across the country and have been strongly emphasising on their complete automation.

In Delhi, the foreign post office is located in ITO area, about 25 km from airport, and it is manually functioning. The FPOs are prone to misuse by smugglers as the goods are not properly scanned or cross checked, they said.

What is worrying for the officials is the dual control over the

"It becomes difficult to take any corrective steps as are under administrative control of the postal departments whereas most of the staff of department (which is under the Finance Ministry) work at these post offices," a source said.

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