2 foreign nationals caught at Mumbai international airport smuggling gold worth Rs2 crore
Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officials at Mumbai’s international airport arrested two gold smugglers — one a Frenchman and the other from Madagascar — early on Sunday for allegedly trying to smuggle in gold from Dubai worth Rs2.11 crore.
The suspects have been identified as Yoguy Rafidison, a Republic of Madagascar national and Rajeev Shantilal who holds a French passport. The two had arrived from Dubai on a Jet Airways flight.
According to the AIU, the two suspects were arrested on the basis of profiling after they cleared the customs channel and were proceeding towards the exit.
A personal search resulted in recovery over 7.3 kg of gold with foreign marking, and valued at more than Rs2.11 crore, according to the AIU.
“The officials have video-recorded the personal search where the accused had concealed the gold bars under their clothes using a belt,” said an AIU source.
AIU investigators are now looking into who their possible associates are and also scrutinising their phone call records.