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Custom officials seize gold, electronics worth Rs 8.68 crore at Mumbai airport, three arrested

Mumbai Custom Zone III issued a press release about the seizures in last four days. The seized items include gold dust, jewellery, bars, expensive mobile phones, foreign currencies, laptops and cosmetics.

Edited By: Shubham Bajpai Mumbai Published on: May 27, 2024 19:36 IST
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Image Source : FILE PHOTO Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

The Mumbai Customs on Monday said that they seized 10.6 kg of gold and electronics worth Rs 8.68 crore at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in multiple cases in the last four days. Apart from that, foreign currency in 31 cases has also been seized.

The officials informed about the seizure and added that three persons were also arrested in connection with the seizures in the last four days

As per a release issued by Mumbai Custom Zone-III, gold in various forms, such as gold dust in wax, crude jewellery and bars, was found concealed in an electric iron and the body of a passenger.

Gold seizure by Mumbai customs

In one of the cases, the officials apprehended a contractual staffer of the airport, who had concealed four pouches of gold dust in wax, valued at Rs 81.8 lakh, inside his shoes, the release said.

In another case, two Indians travelling from Bahrain and Male had hidden 1890 grams of gold dust in wax in their bodies.

All three accused involved in the above seizures were arrested, the release added.

Laptops, expensive phones, foreign currency seized

During the four-day operation, officials also confiscated gold from five foreign nationals travelling from Nairobi, Dubai and Colombo along with 14 Indians from Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah and Singapore.

According to the release, expensive mobile phones, laptops and cosmetics valued at Rs 1.95 crore were seized from as many as eight Indians travelling from Dubai. Also a passenger travelling from Mumbai to Doha was caught with 74,000 Qatari riyals valued at Rs 17.5 lakh, the release said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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