Pune, June 17, 2019: The Air intelligence unit (AIU) officials of Pune customs seized 14 gold biscuits weighing 1633 grams valued at Rs 52.99 lakhs from SpiceJet flight no. SG52 which arrived from Dubai on Sunday at 04.30 am at Pune international airport.
The gold was recovered during rummaging of the aircraft from the rear lavatory concealed behind the cavity of wash basin. Gold was wrapped in transparent adhesive tape. All the 14 gold biscuits are of foreign origin marked and engraved as international precious metal refiners bearing serial marks.
Superintendent Sudhanshu Khaire and Inspector Jayakumar Ramachandran during rummaging detected the said gold biscuits. The gold has been seized by customs officers on reasonable belief that the gold is smuggled in India.
The entire seizure operation was carried out under the supervision of Mahesh Patil, deputy commissioner of Pune customs. Other officers involved in seizure and investigation are superintendents Madhav Palinitkar, Vinita Pusdekar, inspectors Balasaheb Hagawane, Ghanashyam Joshi and Ashiwini Deshmukh and hawaldar Sandeep Bhandari and AS Pawale.
Further investigation as per customs act, 1962 is under process.