Mumbai, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs department has recovered gold collectively worth Rs 1.12 crore at the Chhatrapti Shivaji International Airport here and arrested three foreign smugglers in this connection.

In the first case, a Philippine national, Intanbay Gunting, coming on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong, was held with a 1kg gold bar worth Rs 25.67 lakh.

This was followed by Mustafa Moideen Kunhi, who landed from Riyadh and found in possession of 4 gold bars worth Rs 11.97 lakh.

The third case involved a woman, Atifa Zikra Mulki, who came in from a Gulf flight, was held with 25 gold bars worth Rs 74.87 lakh.

All the three seizures were made in the intervening nights of Monday and Tuesday, an AIU release here today said.

Meanwhile, the investigation agencies today claimed that Yuvraj Solanki, a cleaner at the Mumbai international airport, who was nabbed while bringing out gold worth Rs 1.04 crore early on Sunday, had also smuggled out the precious yellow metal two days before his arrest.

This is the second instance of airport staffers being arrested while bringing out gold hidden inside toilets.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)