PUNE: Officers of the Customs Department at the Pune International Airport on Friday nabbed four passengers including a woman and recovered gold weighing 4.68 kg, worth Rs 1.38 crore, which was smuggled into India.
The four passengers were identified as Rafat Jahan Shaukat Ali, Asif Khan, Mohammed Ashfaq Mohammed Quasim and Husain Sayed Ahmed, all from Mumbai, who arrived in Pune from Abu Dhabi by a Jet Airways flight on Friday.
According to Mahesh Patil, Deputy Commissioner, Pune Customs, “Sleuths intercepted Rafat Jahan and recovered 2467.87 gm of gold from her, comprising four rhodium plated gold wires, three gold biscuits, one oval shaped raw gold and one embroiled gold wire, which were concealed in her trolley bag.”
The sleuths recovered 1674.62 gm of gold from Asif Khan, comprising six rhodium plated gold biscuits, three rhodium plated gold bars, two rhodium plated gold wires, concealed in the inner supportive casing of his trolley bag, body of hair straightener and mini-transformer.
Also, 233.44 gm of gold comprising five rhodium plated gold wires were concealed in the outer lining of the trolley bag was seized from Quasim.
And 311.21 gm of gold comprising two rhodium plated gold wire pieces, similarly concealed in the outer lining of the trolley bag was recovered from Husain Ahmed. Investigation is on to find out for whom the four persons were working.
Manish Dudhpuri, Assistant Commissioner of Pune Customs, said, “The case is under investigation. We are trying to find the links between all four detained.”