New Delhi: The Customs seized 61 kg of gold price Rs 32 crore in separate operations on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Worldwide Airport in Mumbai, making it the very best worth seizure by the division on the airport in a single day, an official mentioned on Sunday (November 13, 2022). No less than seven travellers, 5 males and two girls, have been arrested within the seizures that have been made on Friday, the official mentioned. That is the very best seizure in a single day within the historical past of the customs on the Mumbai airport.
Within the first operation, 4 Indians getting back from Tanzania have been discovered carrying 1 kg gold bars, which have been hid in specially-designed belts with a number of pockets. Officers recovered 53 kg of UAE-made gold bars, price Rs 28.17 crore, from the belts that the passengers had worn round their torsos. The belts have been handed over to the travellers by a Sudanese nationwide at Doha airport throughout the transit time, the official mentioned.
The 4 travellers have been arrested and remanded to 14 days of judicial custody by a court docket, he added.
Equally, customs officers additionally seized 8 kg of gold valued at Rs 3.88 crore from three passengers who had arrived from Dubai. The trio, together with two girls, have been carrying gold mud in wax type.
On 11.11.2022, Mumbai Airport Customs foiled makes an attempt to smuggle 61 Kg gold valued @ Rs 32 Crore. This was the very best ever seizure in a single day. 7 passengers have been arrested. @cbic_india @nsitharamanoffc pic.twitter.com/nN2Y3ys9Ci
— Mumbai Customs-III (@mumbaicus3) November 13, 2022
The gold was ingeniously hid within the waistline of the denims the travellers had worn, the official mentioned.
One of many girls was is in her late 60s and was in a wheelchair, he mentioned, including that the trio have been arrested and remanded to judicial custody.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman appreciated Mumbai Customs for his or her alertness.
“Your well timed motion has borne a surprising end result. Properly finished,” she mentioned in a tweet.
Respect @mumbaicus3 in your alertness. Your well timed motion has borne a surprising end result. Properly finished. @PIBHindi @PIB_India @FinMinIndia https://t.co/rgVTDv7koh
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) November 13, 2022