Mumbai Customs has apprehended crude gold and gold dust worth Rs 58 lakh.
In last 24 hours, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Customs came across four cases where gold was hidden in water pumps, motor of car washer, rectum and hand baggage.
On July 17, AIU officers intercepted Hussain Shah Kukkangai (24), Indian passport holder who arrived from Dubai by Emirates Airways in possession of a cylinder shaped piece of gold weighing 1165 grams and valued at Rs 34,28,697.
“The gold piece was cleverly concealed in shaft cavity of a water pump. A case was booked and passenger was arrested,” the official said.
Hussain works as a salesman in a mobile shop in Sharjah and is a native of Kasaragod, Kerala. He was supposed to handover the seized consignment to someone in Bombay Hotel at Dongri.
In another incident, three ring shaped pieces of gold weighing 245 grams and valued at Rs 7,50,000 was seized from Abdulla Althaf travelling from Dubai. The gold was concealed inside the motor of the car washer.
In another case, one male passenger arrived in India with smuggled gold hidden in his rectum. Mohd Liyakaat Hussain Shaik arrived from Dubai by Jet Airways with four gold bars in his rectum, weighing 232 grams valued at Rs 6,90,000.
In the fourth incident same night, a female passenger Fadum Mohamud Mohamed, a Kenyan passport holder, arrived with ‘gold dust’. She was hiding it in her hand baggage. The total weight of gold dust was 300 grams costing around Rs 8.85 lakh.