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Gold smuggling bid foiled, airport ‘insider’ among two arrested

Customs officials followed the passenger on suspicion and apprehended both exchanging the gold near the bay toilet.

| Mumbai | Published: December 8, 2014 3:36:48 am

For the second time in three days, an ‘insider’ with access to all areas of international terminal T2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) was caught while trying to smuggle gold worth Rs 45.05 lakh on Sunday. Customs officials said the suspect admitted to have successfully smuggled gold around 22 times previously.

On Friday, a deputy manager of the domestic terminal was caught from T2 while trying to pass on a consignment of smuggled gold to a man waiting outside.

Aniket Oroskar (21), a technical supervisor working with an outdoor advertising agency displaying advertisements at the international terminal, was caught accepting the 16 gold bars of ten tolas each from a passenger from Dubai, Mohammed Abdullah.

Customs officials followed the passenger on suspicion and apprehended both exchanging the gold near the bay toilet.

“Oroskar had gained access to the ‘sterile’ areas of the terminal on the pretext that he was engaged in advertising features at the terminal. This is the second time in three days that an insider has been caught trying to smuggle out gold,” said a senior official.

“The passenger admitted to having smuggled gold six times, while Oroskar admitted to having smuggled gold successfully 22 times.” Officials are on the lookout for the man Oroskar was supposed to hand over the consignment to.

The airport employee arrested on Friday had helped smuggle gold eight times in the past, said a Customs official. Passenger Mohammed Cherkala Moosa, who arrived from Dubai the same day, was also caught with two kg gold valued at Rs 48.5 lakh.

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