Soles, rectums, toilets: Smugglers are hiding gold everywhere

08-Mar-2017
  • Customs officials at Mumbai airport seized 12 gold bars worth Rs 36.45 lakh from an architectural supervisor. The gold weighed 100gm each. The accused had arrived from Singapore on March 6, 2017. According to a report in The Times of India, Thiruppathy Palaniyandy had stuck the gold bars to his soles. He did so with the aid of adhesive tapes, and then wore thick socks in an endeavour to try them to avoid detection. On being frisked, Customs found six gold bars stuck to each of his soles. The report added that Palaniyandy earns a monthly salary of Rs 1.5 lakh, and that he turned to the crime for extra bucks. Palaniyandy was booked for smuggling and later released on bail

    Customs officials at Mumbai airport seized 12 gold bars worth Rs 36.45 lakh from an architectural supervisor. The gold weighed 100gm each. The accused had arrived from Singapore on March 6, 2017. According to a report in The Times of India, Thiruppathy Palaniyandy had stuck the gold bars to his soles. He did so with the aid of adhesive tapes, and then wore thick socks in an endeavour to try them to avoid detection. On being frisked, Customs found six gold bars stuck to each of his soles. The report added that Palaniyandy earns a monthly salary of Rs 1.5 lakh, and that he turned to the crime for extra bucks. Palaniyandy was booked for smuggling and later released on bail

  • In a rather bizarre incident, two women and a man were booked at Mumbai airport on February 15, 2017 for allegedly trying to smuggle gold concealed inside rectums. According to a report in Times of India, both are widows, and repeat offenders as well. The duo has been identified as Salochna Keshwani (60) and Mohini Lalawani (35). Customs officers stopped the two on their arrival from Bangkok, on suspicion. A clinical examination revealed that 450gm of gold worth Rs 13.65 lakh was ridden in their rectums. However, the duo did not admit to the crime even after the recovery. the women had children who depended on them financially. On coming to know of the same, officials told the duo that they would that inform the children about their criminal activities. It was only after this that the two admitted to the crime

    In a rather bizarre incident, two women and a man were booked at Mumbai airport on February 15, 2017 for allegedly trying to smuggle gold concealed inside rectums. According to a report in Times of India, both are widows, and repeat offenders as well. The duo has been identified as Salochna Keshwani (60) and Mohini Lalawani (35). Customs officers stopped the two on their arrival from Bangkok, on suspicion. A clinical examination revealed that 450gm of gold worth Rs 13.65 lakh was ridden in their rectums. However, the duo did not admit to the crime even after the recovery. the women had children who depended on them financially. On coming to know of the same, officials told the duo that they would that inform the children about their criminal activities. It was only after this that the two admitted to the crime

  • Septuagenarian Laju Godhwani had given up hope of getting back the Rs 54 lakh worth of jewellery that was stolen from her Malabar Hill residence in 2015, along with Rs 4 lakh cash. While the cops had identified Godhwani’s domestic help, Radhyeshyam Mandal, as the thief, they were unable to nab him. After almost 18 months of investigations, in January 2017, cops not only caught Mandal, but also dug out the entire jewellery stash hidden in a three-acre field in his village. Godhwani, who lives with her businessman husband Hargun, had employed Mandal in April 2015. Police sources said, on October 22, 2015, while Laju was out of station, Mandal left home around 9 am telling Hargun that he was going to the doctor. “But Mandal never returned and, in the evening, Hargun found out that jewellery worth Rs 54 lakh and Rs 4 lakh cash was missing from their home. Based on the address Mandal had given to the Godhwanis, cops went to his village in Bihar. After his confession, cops recovered the jewellery stash

    Septuagenarian Laju Godhwani had given up hope of getting back the Rs 54 lakh worth of jewellery that was stolen from her Malabar Hill residence in 2015, along with Rs 4 lakh cash. While the cops had identified Godhwani’s domestic help, Radhyeshyam Mandal, as the thief, they were unable to nab him. After almost 18 months of investigations, in January 2017, cops not only caught Mandal, but also dug out the entire jewellery stash hidden in a three-acre field in his village. Godhwani, who lives with her businessman husband Hargun, had employed Mandal in April 2015. Police sources said, on October 22, 2015, while Laju was out of station, Mandal left home around 9 am telling Hargun that he was going to the doctor. “But Mandal never returned and, in the evening, Hargun found out that jewellery worth Rs 54 lakh and Rs 4 lakh cash was missing from their home. Based on the address Mandal had given to the Godhwanis, cops went to his village in Bihar. After his confession, cops recovered the jewellery stash

  • On January 11 2017, the customs officials arrested a passenger Mohammad Althaf Moidin (30), travelling from Riyadh, and seized 10 gold bars worth over Rs 29 lakh from him. He was scheduled to leave for Mangalore via a Jet Airways flight. After the AIU officials intercepted Moidin, they conducted a personal search and checked his baggage as well. Following this, they recovered the gold bars weighing 1.1kg. Of the 10 bars, six were concealed in his wallet and the remaining four were packed inside the battery case of an LED torch. All the bars were wrapped in black adhesive tape

    On January 11 2017, the customs officials arrested a passenger Mohammad Althaf Moidin (30), travelling from Riyadh, and seized 10 gold bars worth over Rs 29 lakh from him. He was scheduled to leave for Mangalore via a Jet Airways flight. After the AIU officials intercepted Moidin, they conducted a personal search and checked his baggage as well. Following this, they recovered the gold bars weighing 1.1kg. Of the 10 bars, six were concealed in his wallet and the remaining four were packed inside the battery case of an LED torch. All the bars were wrapped in black adhesive tape

  • In June 2015, acting on specific information, officers of Air Intelligence Unit rummaged and retrieved 8 kilograms of gold (8 bars of 1 kg each). These gold bars valued at Rs 1.99 crore were recovered from the reverse of the wastebin flapper assembly in the two rear toilets of a Jet Airways flight. The flight 9W-539 had arrived at Mumbai's Terminal 2 from Muscat. Passenger Segu Naina Mohamed Shektheen Sha, who was intercepted after the tip-off admitted to have concealed the gold inside the toilet. He said it was to be retrieved during the domestic leg of the craft to Kolkata. The Jet Airways engineering crew was called in to dismantle the waste bin assembly and recover the gold. The aircraft VT-JFN was detained for 6 hours and finally released on personal surety of Jet Airways. The plane could also have been seized and impounded by Customs under section 115 of Customs Act

    In June 2015, acting on specific information, officers of Air Intelligence Unit rummaged and retrieved 8 kilograms of gold (8 bars of 1 kg each). These gold bars valued at Rs 1.99 crore were recovered from the reverse of the wastebin flapper assembly in the two rear toilets of a Jet Airways flight. The flight 9W-539 had arrived at Mumbai's Terminal 2 from Muscat. Passenger Segu Naina Mohamed Shektheen Sha, who was intercepted after the tip-off admitted to have concealed the gold inside the toilet. He said it was to be retrieved during the domestic leg of the craft to Kolkata. The Jet Airways engineering crew was called in to dismantle the waste bin assembly and recover the gold. The aircraft VT-JFN was detained for 6 hours and finally released on personal surety of Jet Airways. The plane could also have been seized and impounded by Customs under section 115 of Customs Act

  • In April 2015, a thief left the house richer by Rs 2 lakh. Housebreaker Pankaj Lokhande (20) admitted to the police that he lived in Chembur and had been keeping an eye on houses in the vicinity to check which residents were out of town. He learnt that a house at Siddharth Colony had been left unattended as the complainant was on vacation. But when he broke into the house on March 12, he did not find any valuables in the house and had just about given up when he went to the kitchen for a snack. To his surprise, he opened a cookie jar to discover gold rings, earrings and chains hidden inside. Lokhande began to spend his plunder on lottery tickets, perhaps hoping for more good fortune. But his luck had started to run out, and he lost a lot of money on the tickets. A month later, the cops found out about Lokhande’s lottery habit and began to question where he was getting the money for it when he was unemployed. That’s when he spilled the beans

    In April 2015, a thief left the house richer by Rs 2 lakh. Housebreaker Pankaj Lokhande (20) admitted to the police that he lived in Chembur and had been keeping an eye on houses in the vicinity to check which residents were out of town. He learnt that a house at Siddharth Colony had been left unattended as the complainant was on vacation. But when he broke into the house on March 12, he did not find any valuables in the house and had just about given up when he went to the kitchen for a snack. To his surprise, he opened a cookie jar to discover gold rings, earrings and chains hidden inside. Lokhande began to spend his plunder on lottery tickets, perhaps hoping for more good fortune. But his luck had started to run out, and he lost a lot of money on the tickets. A month later, the cops found out about Lokhande’s lottery habit and began to question where he was getting the money for it when he was unemployed. That’s when he spilled the beans

  • The Air Intelligence Unit at T2, in July 2014, realised that the ingenuity of the smugglers knows no bounds when it found one trying to sneak gold into the country in a magazine. A cavity was made in the magazine and five gold pieces, worth Rs 25.72 lakh, were pasted inside, ensuring that the magazine gave away no sign of the booty stashed within. “The officers were randomly following passengers from the bay and noticed that Lebbe removed the magazine from his bag and held it in his hand when the bag was being scanned. He later kept it under a handbag on the trolley. Hence, he was stopped and the magazine was checked after the green channel,” said a customs official, requesting anonymity. “When one of our officers lifted the magazine, he found it was abnormally heavy. A thorough check revealed the gold pasted in a cavity especially made for the purpose,” he added

    The Air Intelligence Unit at T2, in July 2014, realised that the ingenuity of the smugglers knows no bounds when it found one trying to sneak gold into the country in a magazine. A cavity was made in the magazine and five gold pieces, worth Rs 25.72 lakh, were pasted inside, ensuring that the magazine gave away no sign of the booty stashed within. “The officers were randomly following passengers from the bay and noticed that Lebbe removed the magazine from his bag and held it in his hand when the bag was being scanned. He later kept it under a handbag on the trolley. Hence, he was stopped and the magazine was checked after the green channel,” said a customs official, requesting anonymity. “When one of our officers lifted the magazine, he found it was abnormally heavy. A thorough check revealed the gold pasted in a cavity especially made for the purpose,” he added

  • In June 2014, officials from Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs confiscated gold bars worth Rs 6 crore from the courier terminal outside the international airport. Though the gold was cleverly concealed in the soap bars, the excess weight of the consignment raised suspicion in the minds of the AIU officials. It was here when the officials cut open the soap bars, they discovered the gold. AIU officials said though the courier had come via Daman, it was sent from Rajasthan and Jharkhand. “Investigation revealed that both the addresses mentioned on the consignment were fake. It seems that the smugglers have changed their modus operandi. This is a first case, wherein we have caught gold at the courier terminal. The consignment was shipped through Lynx Courier Company,” said an official

    In June 2014, officials from Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs confiscated gold bars worth Rs 6 crore from the courier terminal outside the international airport. Though the gold was cleverly concealed in the soap bars, the excess weight of the consignment raised suspicion in the minds of the AIU officials. It was here when the officials cut open the soap bars, they discovered the gold. AIU officials said though the courier had come via Daman, it was sent from Rajasthan and Jharkhand. “Investigation revealed that both the addresses mentioned on the consignment were fake. It seems that the smugglers have changed their modus operandi. This is a first case, wherein we have caught gold at the courier terminal. The consignment was shipped through Lynx Courier Company,” said an official

  • Two Sri Lankan nationals were intercepted at the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport on April 15, 2017, as they were trying to smuggle gold bars worth nearly Rs 1 crore. They had concealed the bars in their rectum. In the first incident, Jameer Abdul Wahid (42) arrived from Dubai in Emirates flight number EK508 and was intercepted by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officials at the arrival hall. A personal search resulted in the recovery of 13 gold bars weighing 1,516 gm and valued at Rs 45,48,000. In the second incident, a passenger named Althaf Sahul Hameed (48) arrived from Dubai by Emirates flight number EK 508. After the AIU officials checked him, they recovered 12 gold bars weighing 1,399 grams. The worth of the gold, which was concealed in his rectum, has been estimated to be Rs 41,97,000.

    Two Sri Lankan nationals were intercepted at the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport on April 15, 2017, as they were trying to smuggle gold bars worth nearly Rs 1 crore. They had concealed the bars in their rectum. In the first incident, Jameer Abdul Wahid (42) arrived from Dubai in Emirates flight number EK508 and was intercepted by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officials at the arrival hall. A personal search resulted in the recovery of 13 gold bars weighing 1,516 gm and valued at Rs 45,48,000. In the second incident, a passenger named Althaf Sahul Hameed (48) arrived from Dubai by Emirates flight number EK 508. After the AIU officials checked him, they recovered 12 gold bars weighing 1,399 grams. The worth of the gold, which was concealed in his rectum, has been estimated to be Rs 41,97,000.

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