Air passenger held with gold worth Rs 81.75L

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 8 February 2019

“A personal search of Baby Shivji Wagh, who arrived by Air India flight no. IX 212, resulted in the recovery of four polythene bags containing gold in paste form weighing 3028.18 gm. These polythene bags were concealed by means of support belt around her waist. The recovery gold from the paste, is 2422.95 grams valued at Rs 81.75 lakh." stated a press release from the department.

PUNE: Officials from the Customs Department on Thursday seized gold worth Rs 81.75 lakh from a woman passenger who arrived from Dubai at the Pune International Airport. 

“A personal search of Baby Shivji Wagh, who arrived by Air India flight no. IX 212, resulted in the recovery of four polythene bags containing gold in paste form weighing 3028.18 gm. These polythene bags were concealed by means of support belt around her waist. The recovery gold from the paste, is 2422.95 grams valued at Rs 81.75 lakh. The gold recovered from the passenger has been seized under the reasonable belief that the same was attempted to be smuggled in India and hence, liable for confiscation under provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. In her statement, the passenger admitted the possession, carriage, concealment and recovery of the said gold under seizure. Further investigation is under progress,” stated a press release from the department. 

The team of the officers conducting the search consisted of Jt Commissioner KR Rama Rao, Deputy Commissioner Harshal Mete, superintendents Sudha Iyer, SR Somkuwar, PP Karvande, Vikas Poman, and inspectors Amjad Shaikh, BS Hagawane, GJ Joshi, Kranti Kumar, head havaldars DN Natak and AN Bhat.

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