Thursday, February 08, 2018

Customs sleuths find gold worth Rs 22 lakh on cousins

Pune: Two cousin sisters arriving from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on different flights on Wednesday landed in the customs net at the Pune airport with Rs 21.76-lakh gold and saffron worth Rs 1 lakh.
Sheikh Nikhat Zainuddin and Romana Zubair Sheikh, both from Mumbai, had left for the UAE on February 2. They were carrying the gold, weighing 699.84g, in the form of bangles that had a hard and colourful plastic cover.
"Nikhat reached Pune from Abu Dhabi on a Jet Airways flight (9W-513) around 3:30am. Romana arrived from Dubai on a SpiceJet flight (SG-52) around an hour later. It takes almost an hour for the passengers to get their immigration and customs checks done. While Nikhat was undergoing the checks, Romana had reached the customs check counter. They were arrested almost simultaneously," , deputy commissioner (Pune international airport) Bharat Nawale said.
"The duo taking two flights seems to be a new modus operandi to evade the customs authorities. We didn't have any prior tip-off about them. They were caught due to suspicion and strict checking," he told TOI.
08/02/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India