Cargo plane lands in Chennai with AK-47 rifles from Dubai

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 20:08

Chennai: A mysterious consignment of 10
AK-47 rifles along with telescopes landed here in a cargo
plane three days ago and now security agencies are hot on
trail of a man from Uttar Pradesh.

Yusuf, a resident of Varanasi and a Customs Clearing
agent here, is on the run and the police are looking for him
after a person to whom the cargo was addressed claimed he had
nothing to do with it.

The cargo plane from Dubai landed at Anna International
Airport on February 20 and the consignment including 10 rifle
scope (AK-47 rifles and telescopes) was marked for a person
identified as Vijayan, official sources said here today.

They said the Customs department registered a case and
carried out a thorough check of the cargo after which it
summoned Vijayan and his customs clearing agent Yusuf.

There was no mention about the presence of arms in the
inventory by the cargo company, they said.

While Vijayan, who had arrived here from Dubai on
February 12, pleaded ignorance about the arms, his clearing
agent did not turn up for questioning.

Raids were carried out at various places to trace Yusuf,
but no breakthrough has been achieved so far.

The Uttar Pradesh police has been informed about the
case and efforts were on to nab him.


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First Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 20:08

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