PUNE: Gold smuggling has increased in the past few months. The smugglers are doing everything they can and trying to import gold illegally in different shapes or in powder.
On Monday, customs officials deputed at Pune airport nabbed two persons for illegally smuggling gold weighing 1.52 kg worth Rs 46,34,337 from Dubai. Both passengers arrived by Spice Jet SG 52. The personal search of these passengers resulted in the recovery of gold. “The passengers have been identified as Shaikh Haseena Nissar from Dongri, Mumbai, and Abdunisar Kasargod Baduvan Kunhi from Kasargod, Kerala.
Mahesh Patil, Deputy Commissioner, Customs, Pune airport, said, “The lady passenger, Shaikh Haseena Nisar, holding passport number M4510019, kept three packets of a paste comprising gold powder and iron powder concealed on her body.
The gold recovered from the paste was of 1.40 kg (1406.87 grams) of 23.28k valued at Rs 42,71,257. This is a modus operandi of gold smuggling detected at the airport.”
“Another passenger, Abdunisar Kasargod Bduvan Kunhi, holding passport no L2828565, was also intercepted and on examination of his check-in baggage, 116 grams of 24K gold in the form of chocolate wrappers valued at Rs 3,63,080 was recovered,” said Patil.
The gold recovered from these two passengers was 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 their statement recorded under section 108 of the Customs Act 1962, the passengers have admitted possession, carriage, concealment and recovery of the said goods under seizure.
Shaikh Haseena Nissar has been arrested and further investigation is in progress.