Woman carrying gold in sneakers nabbed

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Pune: The custom officials deputed at the Pune airport intercepted a lady passenger travelling from Goa to Pune by SpiceJet flight number SG517 carrying gold worth Rs 18.90 lakh. 

The lady was identified as Usha Singh from Faridabad. She had concealed the gold in her sneakers. 

The incident took place on July 10.

Pune: The custom officials deputed at the Pune airport intercepted a lady passenger travelling from Goa to Pune by SpiceJet flight number SG517 carrying gold worth Rs 18.90 lakh. 

The lady was identified as Usha Singh from Faridabad. She had concealed the gold in her sneakers. 

The incident took place on July 10.

Giving details about the incident, Joint Commissioner of Customs Vaishali Patange said, “Singh arrived at the Pune airport on July 10. She was allotted seat number 32E by the airline. During her personal search, 24K gold weighing 557.64 grams was recovered. It was wrapped in black adhesive tapes in three packets in four pieces and was concealed in the shoes by the passenger.”

The passenger, during her Goa to Pune journey, collected this gold concealed in the boiler of the front lavatory of the aircraft. 

This gold might have been concealed during the international leg of Bangkok to Kolkata flight. 
The flight route is Bangkok-Kolkata (turns domestic)-Bangalore-Goa-Pune. 

“Gold was in the form of parts of gold bar and was valued at Rs 18,90,400 with marks of MSG from Metalor Singapore. Members of the syndicate were identified and investigation is on,” said Patange.

All the gold items recovered from the passengers were seized under the reasonable belief that the same was attempted to be smuggled into India and hence liable for confiscation under provisions of the Customs Act 1962. 

In her statement recorded under section 108 of the Customs Act 1962.
 
The passenger admitted possession of the gold items seized by the customs officers.

A detailed investigation is being done under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner Mahesh Patil under the guidance of Joint Commissioner Vaishali Patange.

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