Indian Bollywood Film Actor Arrested by Indonesian Customs for Smuggling

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Indian Bollywood actor, producer and director, Rama Mehra, was arrested by customs at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang Banten for allegedly smuggling endangered species from Indonesia to India. The evidence secured by the authorities was two birds of paradise and one otter. The perpetrator himself admitted that he had gone to Indonesia for holiday purposes and had often visited Indonesia for his needs.


Arrest and threat of punishment

This arrest was successfully carried out starting from officers’ suspicions about luggage through x-ray inspection on the flight on July 1 2024, Indigo Air flight number (6E 1602) bound for Mumbai, India. It turned out that rare animals were found hidden among various items such as food, clothes and children’s toys.

This rare animal was found still alive and not dead, and in an anesthetized condition. This rare animal was brought in a rattan cage measuring approximately 40 x 50 cm and 30 x 10 cm for the bird of paradise and for albino otters, put them in a plastic cage measuring around 40 x 50 cm.

Immediately afterwards, action was taken in the form of summoning the passenger concerned who was already in position in the boarding room. From the information obtained, these rare animals were entrusted by a friend who is also an Indian foreigner to give to someone.

Secured evidence

The evidence secured in this incident was 1 (one) Lesser Yellow Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), 1 (one) Papuan Bald Bird of Paradise (cicinnurus respublica) and one Albino Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus) which was later The evidence was entrusted to be treated at the Jakarta BKSDA.

Please note that these rare animals are included in Appendix I and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), where bringing and moving them to a place requires a special permit for transportation, because they are included in protected animals. .

Profile of Indian Film Actor Rama Mehra

Get to know Rama Mehra further, he is an Indian actor who is 54 years old, born on January 1, 1970. His career as a Bollywood film director can be seen in the release of the film entitled Keep Safe Distance, a film with an action and thriller genre which was broadcast on November 15 2019. In This film’s main actors are played by Kiran Kumar and Shabaz Khan

Rama Mehra also played in the film Yaar Gaddar which was released in 1994, where she played a supporting role in the film whose main role was actor Saif Ali Khan. In this film, apart from acting as an actor, he is also an assistant director.

His other works as an actor or director include Sultana Mera Naam (2000) and Dance Party (1995) as an actor. Apart from that, he was also a writing assistant on the film Market (2003); Arjun Devaa (2001); Jwala Daku (2000) and The Don (1995).

Due to this incident, Rama Mehra was elevated to investigation status, and ultimately became a suspect for alleged Indonesian customs violations and was threatened with a maximum criminal sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of IDR 5 billion. Indonesian customs are also still investigating this case, including the possible involvement of other parties.