This is what Ajit, a.k.a Lion, would have said had he been at a vault at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi a couple of days ago:
Because around 24 kg of gold stored in the vault has gone missing in the last few years.
According to TOI
, the total estimate of the missing gold stands at around Rs.7 crore.
According to India Today
, officials discovered that gold items were missing when they inspected a case from 1989.
Authorities opened a sealed case wrapped in white cloth and purportedly containing 1.27 kg of gold seized from one Kader Ibrahim Haniffa.
But when the authorities opened the case, they found only 500 grams in it. The rest had been replaced by “one rectangular slab of yellow metal, not made from gold”.
This is not the first such case at the airport vault.
The custom department has been reporting theft of gold for a long time now to the police – at least four times in 2014 alone.
Sniffer dogs checking the baggage of passengers at Delhi airport. Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo
According to the police, gold was replaced by cheap yellow metal in most cases. Since the customs are the sole incharge of the vault, the police have sent a notice urging custodians of the vault in the past 20 years to join the probe in the 1989 case. Police say that probing the 1989 case will be a real challenge because of absence of CCTV. Between 1989 and 2000, the customs had seized gold on 10 occasions. During 2014-15, customs seized 596 kgs of gold worth Rs.155 crore in 388 cases of gold smuggling. They arrested 230 people in this connection.