10.175 kg gold worth Rs 3.09 crores seized from Pune airport lavatory

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Pune – On the basis of specific information, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Pune regional unit, with co-ordination and assistance of officers of Pune customs commissionerate today on 16.08.2018 at Pune international airport, recovered 86 gold biscuits and gold in other forms.

During the rummaging of airport after clearance of passengers of SpiceJet flight SG52 arriving from Dubai, DRI and Pune customs officers found gold biscuits concealed in mobile covers and pouches in the male lavatory of immigration hall of Pune international airport. The smuggled gold was totally weighing 10.175 kilograms valued at Rs 3,09,34,675 and were seized by DRI, Pune under reasonable belief that the same were attempted to be smuggled in India and hence liable for confiscation under provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.

DRI, Pune regional unit has recently been opened at Pune and the case is first major seizure of the unit.  Further investigation is under progress, officials said.