Pune, December 12, 2019: The officers of Pune customs seized 1069.86 grams of 24 K gold valued at Rs 41.08 lakh from Spice Jet flight no. SG-52 arrived from Dubai on 7th December at 04.15 am at Pune International airport.
Vaishali Patange, Joint Commissioner of Customs, said that the concealed gold was recovered during the physical verification of the car air compressor machine carried by passenger Nawaz Shamshuddin Pawle of Mumbra, Thane, in his checked in baggage.
The concealed gold was designed to be part the car air compressor machine and was recovered by the officers by dismantling the said compressor.
The gold has been seized by customs officers on reasonable belief that it was smuggled in India. Accordingly, the passenger has been arrested.
The entire seizure operation was carried out because of the vigilant monitoring and checking by customs officials namely Sudhanshu Khaire and Madhav Palnitkar under the supervision of Dr Motilal Shete, deputy commissioner of Pune customs. Further investigation as per Customs Act, 1962 is under progress.
The Customs department has appealed passengers are appealed to report to customs of any suspicious persons and baggage at Pune international airport as it is a service to the nation.