In five separate incidents on Sunday, the air intelligence unit (AIU) of the Mumbai airport customs seized gold bars worth nearly Rs70 lakh at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
In the first case, 12 gold bars worth around Rs35 lakh were seized from a native of Karnataka. The accused, Alibabu Mohiddin, arrived in a Saudi Airlines flight. AIU officials arrested him after they found the gold in a specially-stitched pocket under his trouser belt.
In the second case, a Jet Airways passenger, Abdul Fakir, was held with four gold bars worth Rs11.5 lakh concealed inside his underwear. Another Jet Airways passenger, Mohammed Jaffer, was caught with gold biscuits worth over Rs14.37 lakh.
In yet another case, a gold chain worth over Rs7.5 lakh was recovered from one Syed Mozim Raza after he arrived from Bangkok. In the last case to be detected during the day, two gold cylinders worth over Rs8.5 lakh were found inside the rectum of passenger Ahmed Abbas.