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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 20:20 IST

2 held at Delhi airport for smuggling banned Agarwood worth over Rs 4 crore

A senior CISF officer said that a total of 93kg Agarwood chips were seized from three trolley bags of the two flyers and they had no valid documents to carry th

Manisha Roy
IGI Airport
The passengers were nabbed at around 1 pm at the terminal-III of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. | Image:IGI Airport
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New Delhi: CISF personnel at Delhi airport intercepted two Bangkok-bound Indian women and recovered banned Agarwood worth over Rs 4 crore from their possession. The passengers were nabbed at around 1pm at the terminal-III of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport when they were going through security checks before boarding an Air India flight.

A senior CISF officer said that a total of 93kg Agarwood chips were seized from three trolley bags of the two flyers and they had no valid documents to carry the stuff. The duo were handed over to the Customs authorities and the consignment is estimated to be worth Rs 4.65 crore, the CISF officer said.

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Agarwood is used for making perfume. Its trade is banned as it is listed under the Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

A wildlife trade monitoring network and an NGO, TRAFFIC, working globally on trade in wild animals, describes Agarwood as one of the world's most commercially valuable plant species.

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 20:17 IST

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