MUMBAI: In its continued crackdown on smuggling, the Customs Division seized 15 kgs gold and foreign currency of Rs 22 lakh in 24 hours, for which seven passengers have been arrested, an official mentioned right here on Thursday.
The haul by Mumbai Airport Customs was carried out throughout October 11-12 on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Worldwide Airport, as a part of the intensified drive to catch gold and overseas forex smugglers.
An Indian nationwide, who flew from Dubai to Mumbai by an Emirates flight EK-500, was discovered with 9.9 kgs gold price Rs 5.20 crore, hidden in a specifically designed chest belt with 9 pockets and wrapped round his chest and shoulder.
The accused revealed that the gold was handed over to him at Dubai by two Sudanese nationals who’ve additionally been nabbed and the trio has been despatched to judicial custody for 14 days.
An Indian arriving from Chennai by an IndiGo flight 6E-6149, which had earlier arrived from Sharjah, was detected carrying 1.88 kgs gold mud price almost Rs one crore, hid in his underwear.
In one other detection, the Customs sleuths retrieved 1.068 kg and 1.185 kgs gold mud – completely price over Rs 1.10 crore – in packets hidden within the underwear of two passengers, arriving right here from Jeddah by a Saudia flight SV-772.
A Sudanese nationwide, who landed right here by an Emirates flight EK-504 from Dubai, was nabbed with gold mud of 973 gms in wax in eggs type, price Rs 51 lakh, hid in his rectum.
In addition to, the Customs nabbed two Indians, who have been about to board a SpiceJet flight SG-13 to Dubai, every carrying Dh 50,000 (Rs 11.20 lakh) and Dh 45,000 (Rs 10.08 lakh), hid in spherical cavity of biscuits stuffed of their pockets , after that they had crossed the Customs declaration counter.
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