Thursday, March 16, 2017

Six Chinese nationals held for smuggling in 6kgm gold

Mumbai: In one of the biggest cases of gold smuggling involving foreign nationals, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) sleuths on Wednesday arrested six Chinese nationals for smuggling in 6.1 kg gold worth Rs 1.85 crore. Three of the accused landed in the city from Hong Kong on Jet Airways flight 9W 75, while the rest arrived from Beijing on Air China Airways flight CA 889.

The AIU identified the arrested Chinese nationals as Zhan Kun, Lihue Zhou, Zhang Liming, Yang Ween, Yang Binwei, and Li Jianshu. Deputy Commissioner (Customs, Mumbai airport) Pradnasheel Jumle said, “We found the accused were trying to smuggle in crude gold chains, buckles made of crude gold attached to the leather belts, and rectangular gold plates depicting Tibetan deities, all collectively weighing 6.176 kg and valued at Rs 1.85 crore.

The AIU sources said the accused were booked under the provisions of Customs Act, and they have “admitted” smuggling in crude gold items without paying Customs duty.
15/03/17 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror