A married couple flying back to Delhi from Vietnam was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) after customs officials found 45 handguns in their possession.
The couple, who have been identified as husband and wife Jagjit Singh and Jaswinder Kaur, admitted to officials that they had previously brought 25 pistols to India from Turkey.
The spouses were said to have been traveling with their young daughter, who has been given to the grandmother by the government following her parents’ arrest.
A customs commissioner said that the family flew in from Vietnam on July 11, 2022.
Delhi Airport Customs intercepted 2 Indian national arriving from Vietnam by flight VJ895 on July 10, 22 & seized 45 guns of assorted brands valued at 22.5 lakhs. Guns were recovered from 2 trolley bags being carried by them. Both placed under arrest & further investigations on. pic.twitter.com/g6421aJwgC— Delhi Customs (@Delhicustoms) July 14, 2022
Singh had been in possession of two trolley bags allegedly given to him by his older brother, who had flown in from Paris around the same time that day.
According to reports, Singh’s wife helped him remove the tags from the bags in which the weapons were stored. Customs authorities stopped Singh and Kaur and discovered the weapons before the couple were able to make their way to the airport exit.
Customs officials told local media that while investigations are still underway, they can confirm that the assortment of handguns found in the couple’s possession were worth INR 2,250,000.00 (USD 28,000).