iPhone X Phones Worth Rs 10.57 Lacs Seized At Mumbai Airport
The newly launched Apple iPhone X is on the wish list of many people. Thank to a short supply and a huge demand for the new iPhone X, not everybody were able to get their hands on it. One man however, was caught at the Mumbai airport with 11 newly launched iPhone X phones, pointing to a likely racket. He was intercepted at the Mumbai Airport while arriving from Hong Kong.
A case has been registered against Bhavesh Virani, 28, who was found with 11 iPhones X packed pieces valued at Rs10.57 lakh. A senior AIU officer said:
We suspect many people would visit Hong Kong to purchase the phones and bring them to the country. Passengers can bring duty-free goods worth Rs50,000. The demand is high in India for the phones, but the supply is less, which paves the way for smuggling.
The AIU officer noted that it has become a growing trend of importing phones from countries where the price of an iPhone is considerably cheaper than that in India.
Gadget freaks are ready to pay extra to get the latest brand and model. We have kept a watch on certain international routes from where we suspect the phones will be brought to the country. We suspect Virani, who claims to own a shop in Andheri, to be a carrier.
The culprit will not be arrested since the seized products are worth less than Rs 20 Lacs but, a heavy fine will be levied since the phones are not prohibited goods. The AIU sources have said that the authorities will keep a close eye on international routes from where such phones can be smuggled into the country.