Gold smuggling: hard task for Customs
“The seizure of 34 kg of gold by the marine police of the Coastal Security Group (CSG) in February at Mandapam and 15 kg of gold by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at Kannirajapuram, a coastal hamlet, near here on Saturday is a pointer to the ‘thriving smuggling activities’ in the coast line. But the Customs Preventive Units (CPUs) in the district are hardly equipped to meet the challenge.
In both the cases, the gold biscuits were smuggled from Sri Lanka with the help of fishermen in coastal hamlets but the CPUs present in Rameswaram, Mandapam, Thondi and Kilakarai could not step up the surveillance and launch preventive measures as they were severely handicapped by shortage of manpower and logistic facilities. “ D. J. Walter Scott March 31, 2014 http://www.thehindu.com Read More