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Gold worth Rs 55 lakh seized

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Raju Vernekar

Continuing their vigil against passengers bringing in gold, hidden in their baggage, officers of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Mumbai customs commissionerate, seized gold worth Rs 37.65 lakh from two Chinese passengers on Friday night.

"The arrested passengers have been identified as Zhou Weiwu and Ms. Chen Yanyan, who had arrived from Hong Kong by Jet Airways flight no. 9W 075. Their personal search led to the recovery of 1,255 gram of crude gold chain with a gold pendant depicting lord Buddha and buckle made of gold, totally valued at Rs 37.65 lakh," said an official.

Both the passengers are associated with a diamond trading firm M/s Shenzhen Obbiaa Diamond Company in China. While Zhou Weiwu was working as a manager, Ms. Chen Yanyan was working as a translator. The accused in their deposition before the customs authorities, admitted that they had smuggled in the crude gold articles, to earn a profit by selling it in India. Their statements were recorded under section 108 of the Indian Customs Act, 1962.

“In another case, 585 gram of crude gold bangles and chain totally valued at Rs 17.55 lakh was seized from a Nagpur-based couple Sanjay Motumal Kukreja and his wife Savita Sanjay Kukreja, who had arrived by the same flight no. 9W 075 from Hongkong. Kukreja runs a mobile shop in Sita Burdi area of Nagpur. Further investigation is in progress,” said Pradnyasheel R. Jumle Deputy Commissioner (AIU).

It may be recalled that the AIU had carried out the biggest seizure involving foreign passengers and had seized the crude gold accessories worth Rs Rs 1.85 crore on March 15, 2017, and had nabbed seven Chinese passengers, who had arrived from Beijing.

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