Customs seize gold worth Rs 32 Crore at Mumbai airport; 7 outfit
Customs officers seized 61kg of gold worth Rs 32 crore in separate operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here, making it the highest seizure by the department at the airport in a single day, an official said Sunday. At least seven travellers, five men and two women, were arrested in the seizures made on Friday, the official said.
It is the largest single-day seizure in the history of customs at Mumbai airport, he claimed.
In the first operation, four Indians returning from Tanzania were found carrying 1kg gold bars, which were concealed in specially designed belts with multiple pockets, the official said.
Officials recovered 53kg of UAE-made gold bars worth Rs 28.17 crore from the belts the passengers had been wearing around their torsos, he said.
The belts were handed over to travelers by a Sudanese national at Doha airport during transit time, the official said.
The four travelers were arrested and taken into custody for 14 days by a court, he said.
Similarly, customs officers seized 8kg of gold worth Rs 3.88 crore from three passengers who arrived from Dubai, he said.
The trio, including two women, were carrying gold dust in the form of wax, he said.
The gold was ingeniously concealed in the waistline of the jeans the travelers had worn, the official said.
One of the women was in her late 60s and was in a wheelchair, he said, adding that the trio had been arrested and taken into custody.
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