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Maharashtra: Customs department seized gold biscuits worth 32 crores, single largest in a day at Mumbai airport, 7 arrested

Mumbai: The customs department has seized 61 kg of gold at the airport. It is being claimed that this is the biggest gold seizure in a single day in the history of Customs at the Mumbai airport. Customs officials have seized 61 kg gold worth Rs 32 crore in separate operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here, the highest value seized by the department at the airport in a day, an official said on Sunday.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: The customs department has seized 61 kg of gold at the airport. It is being claimed that this is the biggest gold seizure in a single day in the history of Customs at the Mumbai airport. Customs officials have seized 61 kg gold worth Rs 32 crore in separate operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here, the highest value seized by the department at the airport in a day, an official said on Sunday. The gold seizure took place on Friday. “Mumbai Airport Customs foiled attempts to smuggle 61 Kg gold valued @ ₹32 Crore. This was the highest-ever seizure in a single day. 7 passengers were arrested,” a statement on Twitter by the department read.

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In the first operation, four Indians returning from Tanzania concealed 1 kg gold bars in custom-designed belts with multiple pockets, the official added. “Total 53 kg (12, 13, 14 & 14) gold valued at Rs 28.17 crore was recovered from the four passengers. The specially designed belts with UAE made gold bars concealed inside were handed over to the passengers by a person of Sudanese nationality at Doha airport during the transit time,” said the Customs official.

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The four travellers were arrested and remanded to 14 days of judicial custody by a court, he added. At Mumbai Airport, based on the continuous monitoring of suspicious flights and building on the data-based analysis from the earlier high-quantum gold and foreign currency seizures, a systematic profiling of suspect passengers was undertaken on sensitive flights from certain places in Africa and the Middle East.

In mid-October, the customs at the Mumbai airport seized 15 kg of gold valued at ₹7.87 crore in four different cases and seven passengers were arrested. Between September 30 and October 1, the customs seized 9.115 kg of gold valued at ₹4.53 Crores and arrested three passengers in six cases.

Earlier in July this year, the customs department issued controlled delivery regulations, authorising officers to track suspicious consignments of items, including gold and drugs among others. As per the regulations, a customs officer can install tracking devices to monitor the movement of suspected consignments.

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