Pune 22 Dec 2017 (PCP NEWS) : In a sensational seizure Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Mumbai Custom succeeded to seize 56 kilo 503 gram gold Bars and Bangles here from DHL courier office at Mumbai International Airport, which arrived from Gulf region.
PCP News source said that, DRI officials on a tip,successfully made the seizure of 50-kg gold from a DHL courier packet, which is one of the biggest consignments of smuggled gold at Mumbai International Airport on Thursday. The consignees of this courier at both Gulf and Mumbai have used bogus details to hide the identity of real beneficiary. “The investigation is under progress. Our team is getting into the roots of this consignment,” said an officer from DRI.
In another case, on Wednesday night, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) retrieved 4.7-kg of gold from an Air India aircraft parked in the hanger of Mumbai Airport. “The gold includes 26 bars worth Rs 1.25 crore was hidden in a cotton cloth bag tied with a black nylon rope to the panel of aircraft. After much difficulty the bag was retrieved. On opening the bag, two large packets were found which were wound with black and green cellphone tape,” one custom official said. The first packet had two gold bars of one kg each and four bars of 116 grams each. In the second packet, 20 gold bars of 116 grams each were retrieved. After examination by the government approved valuer, the unclaimed seized gold was valued at Rs 1.25 crore.
On the same night, in yet another case, one woman Sudanese passenger was arrested for bringing in five pieces of melted gold weighing 410-gram worth Rs 10 lakh. In the fourth case, one Khalifa Hassan, holding Sudanese passport was arrested for smuggling 20 gold bangles in his undergarment, totally weighing 1393 grams valued at Rs 35 lakh.
The official while speaking with our correspondent said that, “It is extremely difficult to hide smuggled gold under the carpet of aircraft by a common air traveler. Hence, we suspect someone from the engineering section may be involved into the smuggling racket. The investigation is on.” As per this seizure its just a Happy Ending for the DRI and Mumbai Customs. PCP/SDJ 17 30