NEW DELHI: A Mangalore-based man who introduced seven oxygen concentrators with him, as non-declared items from Saudi Arabia, on an Indigo flight, was held up by customs on the Mangalore airport on May 11.
The concentrators have been for charity, and an SOS by his kin and household to the MOS finance helped him launch the machines and take them to their vacation spot.
Irfan Khan, 25, bought the concentrators from a charity organisation in Saudi Arabia. When he was stalled by the customs on the airport, he first dialled his donors for assist. The donors then approached the finance authorities, together with MoS Anurag Thakur, in Delhi.
“The custom officials had objected that I should have brought these goods as cargo since some people are black marketing and hoarding concentrators. Later, my friends and my organisation sought help from Anurag Thakur ji who intervened at 12:30 am to assist us and we were allowed to take concentrators home,” Khan instructed TOI.
The concentrators price about 14,000 dirhams, roughly Rs three lakh.
The charity organisation in Saudi Arabia that had donated the concentrators, additionally submitted a declaration to the Customs division.
“We as a volunteer organisation wish to ship these oxygen concentrators, bought by contribution from Gujarat NRG Forum, to Vadodara, Gujarat to avoid wasting lives on this pandemic scenario. We are additionally grateful to IndiGo Airlines for carrying them freed from cost. Please launch them on humanitarian grounds and expedite the discharge course of. I guarantee you these can be used for charity and never for business functions,” wrote Dr Vimal Patel, to the Mangalore customs officer.
The controversy got here amid raids by Delhi Police at Khan Market three days in the past which resulted in arrests of a number of individuals who had hoarded costly imported concentrators.
Later, the Khan’s household and NGO thanked Thakur’s for his gesture for himself attending the decision at 12:30 am.