Smuggling: Air India crew member detained in London

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London, June 3: An Air India cabin crew was detained by the London police for allegedly smuggling 50 cigarette crates.

Though some members of the crew were released later, Bhavik Shah, who admitted to his crime, was detained for eight hours.

The airline later bailed him out by paying 5,000 pounds.

Confirming the incident, a senior Air India official said Mr Shah has been suspended.

According to airline sources, the incident took place last Friday after Air India's Mumbai-London flight landed at the Heathrow airport.

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While the crew members were on way to the hotel, the police carried out a search of their baggage.

During the search, there was no claimant for a bag which contained the 50 cigarette crates, following which the police detained the entire crew.

After a four-hour-long questioning, it was confirmed that the bag containing the cigarettes belonged to Mr Shah, sources said.

Following this, he was detained for further questioning, and he admitted to carrying the contraband.

PTI

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