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|August 2, 2012|
Airline passenger caught with 32 Shahtoosh shawls, arrested
New Delhi: Customs officials have arrested an airline passenger
after he was found carrying 32 pieces of Shahtoosh Shawls and 70 Pashmina shawls.
Umar Bashir Dar was detained after deboarding from Air India flight 924 at the
Indira Gandhi International Airport here.. He was intercepted while passing through
the Green Channel, said Rajeev Tandon, Commissioner of Customs (I & G), in a statement.
The value of these shawls in the international market is estimated to be Rs.1.67
crore. The possession, import or export of Shahtoosh shawls is prohibited under
Section 39 of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. The same have been seized under
section 110 of Customs Act, 1962 read with Section 39 of the Wild Life Protection
Act. The shawls were got preliminary examined by the Wild Crime Control Bureau
officer who confirmed that these 32 shawls contained Shahtoosh hair fibres. The
only way to obtain Shahtoosh is to kill and skin the ‘Chiru’ or Tibetan Antelope,
an endangered species as it is listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In India , if figures
in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
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