Mumbai: A 25-year-old man was allegedly caught stealing five high-end mobile phones from a container at the customs warehouse at Bombay Port Trust in Sewri on Friday. The theft at the highly guarded warehouse just before the goods were to be examined by the customs has raised serious concern.
This is not the first incident. In 2018, the DRI had caught a man stealing 2kg of gold and seized 40kg concealed in the soles of shoes from a container being examined by customs officials and customs house agents.
In his complaint with Wadala police, port trust security guard Sunil Devlikar said on Friday, around 6pm, he was on duty near MOD gate no.1 when a Maharashtra State Security Corporation constable caught a man, Aftab Shaikh, moving suspiciously and recovered five phones. When Shaikh was asked how he had entered the restricted area, he said he was a daily wage worker and had come there for some civil work. The MSSC constable informed the police, who arrested Shaikh. “He failed to explain how he knew the container had phones,” said an officer. Police are still verifying whether Shaikh had come to the godown for some civil work. “We have registered a theft case on the complaint of BPT officials,” said Shahaji Shinde, senior inspector of Wadala police.
Deputy commissioner of customs (docks) Radhanath Purohit told TOI that he was not aware of the theft, and it falls under the BPT jurisdiction.