Customs at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) seized 25 kg of gold from two passengers on Sunday, the largest haul made in a single day. Sunday’s haul brings the total amount of gold seized in the first 11 days of May, to more than 50 kg, said Customs officers.
Both passengers, from Kasargod in Kerala, had arrived from Dubai and had concealed the gold in their backpacks, said Customs officers. They were both asked to stop for checks after Customs officers noticed their suspiciously large backpacks.
Customs officers said the first passenger, Mohammad Aboobacker, had arrived from Dubai via Muscat on an Oman Air flight, when he was stopped for further checks. “13 gold bars weighing 1 kg each and 2 gold bars, each weighing 10 tolas, were found in his backpack. The gold is valued at Rs 3.39 crore,” said a Customs officer.
The second passenger, Keezhil Mohamed Aslam, had flown to Mumbai from Dubai on an Emirates flight and was intercepted while attempting to smuggle 12 gold bars weighing one kg and two gold bars weighing 10 tolas. Customs officers have valued the gold at Rs 3.14 crore.