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Airport insider arrested for smuggling gold worth Rs1.03 crore

Mumbai: Officers of Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) on Monday intercepted an airport insider for indulging in gold smuggling worth over Rs 1.03 crore. It is the 18th reported case to be detected in the past one year at the city airport.

According to additional commissioner (AIU) airport customs Milind Lanjewar, the accused John Jeeson, who works as an executive with Celebi Nas, was held outside the aerobridge of QR 556 Qatar airways (Doha-Mumbai). Celebi Nas is a company working as a ground handler for many airlines. "His personal search resulted in the recovery of 36 tola bars of 116.6cms each (4.175kg) valued at Rs 1.03 crore. The passenger Wakas Abdul Hamid Shaikh who had handed over to the gold to the staff and the financier of the gold Mukesh Pahuja were also intercepted," Lanjewar added. The officers said that all three of them were arrested under Customs Act.

In the second case, the arrest of a domestic passenger named Sahul Hameed, who had arrived from Kolkata by Spicejet SG 488, resulted in the recovery of 15 foreign-marked gold bars of 100 grams each (weighing 1500 gms totally) and valued at Rs. 36.63 lakh. The passenger, in his statement, stated that the gold was handed to him in the said flight by another passenger who was seated behind him; and that he had done it for monetary consideration. The passenger who handed him the gold was a Sri Lankan national.

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