Thursday, February 11, 2016

Duo held for bid to smuggle in gold worth Rs74 lakh

Mumbai: Days after a Jet Airways crew member was held at the city airport for allegedly being involved in foreign currency smuggling syndiate, the Air Intelligence unit (AIU) of the airport customs on Wednesday arrested two women ground staffers of a maintenance agency attached with MIAL for their role in smuggling of gold worth Rs74 lakh. The duo was held following the arrest of one passenger and his accomplice, who reportedly revealed during interrogation their plan to hand over the smuggled gold to these women on reaching the airport.

According to AIU deputy commissioner Kiran Kumar, based on profiling, a passenger named Shaikh Mohammed Ajmal was followed after his arrival from Dubai via Jet Airways 9W 537. He was intercepted after his clearance through the green channel. "His search resulted in the recovery of 24 gold bars of ten tola each, having a total weight of 2,784gm valued at Rs73.93 lakh," said Kumar.

AIU officials said Ajmal's interrogation led them to another accused Raghib Shaikh, who was waiting outside the airport terminal to receive him. He was also caught and interrogated.

"Analysis of their phones revealed the details of two LiveWell ground staffers named Kianat Khan and Kiran Yadav," added Kumar.
11/02/16 Daily News & Analysis
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