The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Mumbai Customs thwarted an attempt to smuggle gold into the country from Dubai. This is the sixth attempt thwarted in the past seven days.
An AIU batch headed by assistant commissioner of Customs Rishi Yadav on Wednesday stopped Meethal Nizar, 48, carrying 2kg of gold, worth Rs54 lakh.
Nizar, a resident of Kozhikode, Kerala, was caught after he crossed the green channel at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport without declaring the gold he was carrying. The green channel is for only those passengers who have nothing to declare on arrival.
According to officials, Nizar had arrived from Dubai at around 9am.
When a personal search was conducted by officials, two gold bars concealed in his socks, were retrieved. Each gold bar weighed one kg. This is the second such case.
During interrogation, Nizar told officials that he was a only carrying the gold bars for somebody, in exchange for free tickets and a commission.
AIU officials have started looking for the person Nizar was carrying the gold for.
The increase of import duty on the yellow metal from 6% to 8% effective from June 5 has resulted in a sudden increase in gold smuggling attempts.
Officials added that Dubai favours gold smuggling syndicates, as gold costs Rs1 lakh more per kg in Mumbai.