Monday, June 26, 2017

Gold powder smuggling rises at Mumbai’s airport

Mumbai: An old-fashioned crime of smuggling iridium powder, an expensive metal used for increasing the weight of gold, is experiencing a resurgence in India’s financial capital. The recent seizure of iridium powder, also known as gold powder, at Mumbai’s international airport has alerted the customs officials deployed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).

The deputy commissioner of customs, Air Intelligence Unit (AIU), Pradnyasheel Jumle said the smugglers had stopped smuggling of gold powder for one year.

“On the intervening night of June 10 and 11, we had intercepted a lady passenger Nasima Gafur Maniyar on her arrival from Hong Kong by Air India flight number AI 315. The lady was holding an Indian passport. When we searched her personally, we recovered Iridium powder weighing 300 grams and valued at Rs 7 lakh. She has concealed the gold powder in packet in her rectum,” said Jumle.

Maniyar is the resident of Dongri area of Mumbai and she was supposed to hand over the consignment to someone in a hotel in city’s Mohammad Ali Road area. Since their jurisdiction within airport, so the AIU officers have sought help from the Mumbai police to curb smuggling racket operating in the city.
26/06/17 Diwakar Sharma/Free Press Journal