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  Metros   Mumbai  24 Jan 2017  3 arrested, Rs 2 crore worth gold seized

3 arrested, Rs 2 crore worth gold seized

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jan 24, 2017, 1:22 am IST
Updated : Jan 24, 2017, 6:37 am IST

The passenger has confessed that the goods belonged to another person and was supposed to hand over to an Imran in Mumbai.

Gold bricks seized
 Gold bricks seized

Mumbai: Three different people in respective cases have been arrested by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officers in past two days for smuggling more than Rs 2 crore worth of gold. Each case has different modus operandi. According to officials, investigation is going on to get further details.

AIU officers intercepted a passenger, Rashid Manikoth, on January 22 who was holding an Indian passport on his arrival from Sharjah on Air Arabia Airways flight G9 401.

Officials said, “Upon searching him and his check-in baggage, we confiscated two pieces of crude gold weighing 1.009 kg worth Rs 27,33,098. The passenger had hidden the gold pieces in the armature core of the electric mixture grinder’s motor. The gold was being smuggled into India without payment of Customs duty and in contravention of provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.

The passenger in his statement has admitted that the above said gold belonged to a Mr. Karim in Sharjah, and he was supposed to hand it over to another person in Kasargod, Kerala.”

In another case on the same day AIU officers arrested Irfanbhai Parvatsingh Rana, a passenger holding Indian passport on his arrival from Dubai via Bahrain by Gulf Air flight GF 064. Officials recovered cylindrical shape crude gold, broken into three pieces weighing 1.999 kg valued at Rs 54,14,731.

Officials also recovered pouches of Gutka (a type of tobacco) worth Rs 5459731.

The passenger has confessed that the goods belonged to another person and was supposed to hand over to an Imran in Mumbai.

Early on January 23 morning, Air Intelligence Unit officers arrested Abdussaleem Mohammed Pallickal, on his arrival from Dubai by Air India flight AI 984. Air Intelligence Unit officials recovered 13 gold bars of ten tolas each and two cut pieces of gold bars weighing 1.624 worth Rs 4398961.

An officer said, “Further investigations are in progress. All passenger arrested under ?the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.”

Tags: air intelligence unit, smuggling
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)