Monday, February 19, 2018

1,200gms of gold valued at Rs.33 lkah seized at airport

Mumbai: Customs officials recovered six gold bars valued at Rs 33.46 lakh from a male and afemale passenger travelling on an Air India Tokyo-Delhi-Mumbai flight at Mumbai airport early morning on Sunday.

Based on specific intelligence, officers of the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs intercepted an Indian passenger identified as Vicky Shamlal Dodeja, who alighted from Air India flight AI 191 from Tokyo to Mumbai via Delhi. A search of his baggage revealed nothing incriminating. However, another passenger identified as Neetu Rohra, who travelled on the same flight from Delhi to Mumbai, was intercepted after she crossed the green channel.

“A search of her person led to the recovery of three heavy packets wrapped in black adhesive tape. Six cut pieces of gold with foreign markings were seized. They collectively weighed 1,200 grams and are valued at Rs 33.46 lakh,” said a senior official.
When Rohra was questioned, she admitted that while boarding AI 191 at Delhi airport, Dodeja had handed over the packet to her. She admitted to possession, carriage, concealment and recovery of the gold being smuggled into India in violation of the Customs Act, 1962. Both passengers were arrested.
19/02/18 Mumbai Mirror