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Smuggling of Gold in UP will cost your passport at airports

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Lucknow: In a move initiative by Customs Department coordinating with the UP Passport Office released that Gold smuggler or if reply is found unsatisfactory between an international airport in Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Varanasi) accused will immediately lose their passport.

A new action which is taken restricts growing smuggling cases of gold at Lucknow and Varanasi international airports.

 

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According to the Commissioner Customs (Preventive) Lucknow, V.P.Shukla said, “the decision to cancel passports was taken after the department observed that most of the smugglers are turning into habitual offenders in the absence of strict legal provisions.”

Further adding to this he said, “These accused would easily find ways to escape law. So, we took the measure to create fear in the minds of the smugglers.”

Customs officers will identify the accused based on their inputs and will issue show-cause notices.

 

Gold smuggling at UP airports will lead to passport termination in Lucknow-Varanasi:

 

The Deputy Commissioner of Customs duty, Niharika Lakhra said, “We will identify repeat offenders or anyone who is found to be carrying more than the value of gold. The person will face action on two fronts one in the court and another by the passport office.”

Statically UP customs wing recorded 46 cases of smuggling in 2018-19 which was worth Rs 9.30 crore.

In 2017-18 there were 50 such cases with value of Rs 5.21 crore.

 

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During 2018-19 seizure included about 20 kgs gold valued at Rs 6.42 crore along with foreign currencies worth Rs 1.74 crore.

According to officials in UP customs arrested 16 persons during 2018-19 as compared to 13 arrests in 2017-18 which has gone up to 22 this year.

 

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Arvind Kejriwal ropes in Prashant Kishor for image makeover

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has inked a deal with Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) for image makeover, the party chief Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday.

The AAP had secured 67 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi in the last assembly elections in 2014. The date of assembly election in Delhi is to be announced soon as the poll needs to be completed by February 14, 2020.

Political strategist and currently an influential leader of the Janata Dal (United), Prashant Kishor runs advocacy group IPAC.

The advocacy group also declared on Saturday they have inked a deal with Kejriwal’s party.

On social media platforms, Kejriwal said: “Happy to share that IPAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!”

The advocacy group also said: “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Kishore worked with the Congress in 2017 for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. His wrote a successful story in Punjab in helping the Congress come back to power after two successive electoral losses.

Currently, Kishor is national vice-president of the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar. JD(U) is an ally of the BJP at Centre as well in Bihar.

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