Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs on Sunday seized Gold chain and two bundles of US dollars worth Rs 54,68,803 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in two different cases. The officers have arrested two passengers after they failed to give proper informations.
According to the officials, in the first case the AIU officials intercepted one passenger Mr. Sayyed Rahman Ali (35), a resident of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, was coming from Sharjah by Air India Express flight. He was hiding foreign currency notes inside his socks he has worn. The officilas got doubt on him. On checking the officilas found 2 bundles of US $ 5,000 from each of the socks worn by the said passenger and examination of his red coloured trolley bag resulted in recovery of assorted foreign currency which were cleverly concealed under the plastic sheet fixed inside bag.
The assorted foreign currency equivalent to Rs. 44,18,803 were seized under the reasonable belief that the same were attempted to be smuggled out of India.
The passenger in his statement has admitted possession, carriage, concealment and recovery foreign currency. The passenger in his statement further admitted that the said Foreign Currency belongs to one Mr. Salim from Dubai. He was arrested in the morning.
In the second case, one passenger, Rahul Premchandani (28), a resident of Jaripatka, Nagpur who arrived from Dubai by Indigo flight in 6E 62 was intercepted on profiling. On checkinh he was found carrying a crude gold chain weighing 350 grams valued at 10,50,000, concealed on his body with the intention to smuggle illegally. Earlier he was booked by the AIU in a smuggling case of assorted foreign currency equivalent to Rs. 11,96,230 in the year 2015 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.