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Mumbai: Flyer arrested with Rs 6.7cr gold bars

MUMBAI: In some of the biggest gold seizures this year, the city’s customs division on Tuesday arrested a passenger coming back from Dubai with 22kg of smuggled bars price Rs 6.7 crore at Mumbai global airport. Officials later recovered Rs 1.five crore from the place of abode of the passenger known as Joginder Singh (64). The gold was once concealed in special pouches in his innerwear.

Based on passenger profiling, the officers intercepted Singh when he arrived from Dubai. As he walked throughout the inexperienced channel, he was once stopped through customs officers who searched him. They said from Singh’s look, nobody would have suspected that he was once wearing an enormous amount of gold.

“We detained him and carried out his non-public search, which resulted within the recovery of 44 gold bars, each and every weighing 500 gram and totalling 22kg, which were cleverly concealed on his body,” said an reliable.

Singh, a resident of Koperkhairane in Navi Mumbai, reportedly instructed officers that he had sustained losses in his automobiles spare parts business and subsequently wanted to make money quickly. Singh said he was once a service, or an individual who has the same opinion to smuggle gold on payment of a commission. “We do not consider this. He has made a minimum of four international journeys since December and we strongly suspect that he himself was once a smuggler and no longer just a service,” said an reliable.

Officials raided his place of abode and recovered Rs 1.five crore in cash. During interrogation, Singh reportedly admitted that the cash was once proceeds from gold smuggling. “It is not transparent who gave him the idea of smuggling gold from Dubai. Singh himself is suspected to have invested within the smuggling business and directly selling to the jewellers.”

Singh, who has been placed under arrest, will likely be produced before the courtroom on Thursday.

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