The Customs intercepted seven passengers who allegedly attempted to smuggle gold worth Rs 7 crore into the city on Sunday and Monday. An eighth passenger was held while allegedly attempting to sneak in foreign currency.
While four of those held are Indian nationals, there are two each from Ethiopia and Kenya.
According to a Customs officer, an Indian woman named Farida Rafiq was held on Sunday after foreign currency amounting to Rs 24 lakh was found concealed in a bath rug in her luggage. The Customs then intercepted Paramjeet Kaur and Amrit Pal Rekhi after they were found attempting to smuggle gold bangles weighing 223 grams worth Rs 5.8 lakh. The officer said another Indian passenger named Naeema Lakdawala, who had arrived from Dubai, was caught Sunday in possession of a gold items worth Rs 15 lakh.
Two Ethiopian nationals — Ahmed Haasan Osman and Shurki Olow Adow — who had arrived from Addis Ababa with gold worth Rs 24 lakh, were held in early Monday. While Osman had allegedly concealed 350 gram of gold in his trouser pocket, Adow had allegedly attempted to smuggle 400 grams of gold under her burqa, the officer said.
He added that two gold bars worth Rs 10.54 lakh was recovered from the possession of Kenyan citizen Lul Ahmed Elmi. Another four gold bars worth Rs 11.98 lakh were recovered from another Kenyan citizen, Hamdi Farah Omar.