Mumbai: Two foreign travellers nabbed at airport with $90,000, 2.5 kg gold
Customs officials at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport arrested two foreigners with $90,000 and over 2.5 kg of gold in two separate incidents on January 22 and 23. According to officials, the currency notes were hidden, news agency PTI reported. Between the pages of the books one traveler and another traveler carried the gold in the form of a paste.
The currency notes were seized from an Azerbaijani national traveling from Sharjah on January 22. He was carrying around $90,000 worth of cash (₹73 lakh) hidden between the pages of the book.
#WATCH | Mumbai: On Jan 22 & 23, Mumbai Airport Customs intercepted two foreign nationals in two separate cases and seized 90,000 USD concealed in pages of books and over 2.5 kg of gold in paste form respectively. Both the passengers have been arrested: Customs pic.twitter.com/8Nnh4rR5qg
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In a separate incident, a Palestinian national traveling from Dubai was arrested at the airport. He was caught in possession of more than 2.5 kg of gold bullion. “The passenger had hidden the gold paste in his underwear,” an official told PTI.
A case has been registered against both the passengers under relevant sections of the Customs Act and further investigations have been initiated.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)