Gold hidden in body, clothing recovered

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Imphal: Anti-Smuggling Unit, Customs Division, Imphal has recovered gold worth Rs 80, 37, 132 in two instances and nabbed two persons who belonged to Thoubal district of Manipur.

The two gold smugglers were identified as Shakir Ahmed, 26, son of Abdul Hakim, resident of Lilong, Atoukhong, Thoubal and  Mayengbam Jinat Devi, wife of Mayengbam Selung Singh, resident of Lilong Arapti Maning Leikai, Lilong sub-division, Thoubal, Manipur.

The anti-smuggling unit of Customs in a statement released on Monday said  a team of the unit led by Anti-Smuggling superintendent detained Shakir at Imphal International Airport. When he was thoroughly checked four oval shaped packets of gold in paste form weighing 1242 gm were recovered from his rectum. The passenger was intercepted in the departure hall of Imphal International Airport while boarding Air India Flight No. AI890 scheduled to be departed from Imphal at 14:20 hours.

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The value of the seized gold after extraction was estimated at Rs 54,97,332. In this connection, a case has been booked and Shakir was arrested under Section 104 of Customs Act,1962.

Mayengbam Jinat Devi was nabbed on September 11 when a team of Customs officers led by the superintendent, Anti-Smuggling intercepted one Maruti—Eco Van bearing regn.no. MNO1 AS 7696 at Khongjom Area and brought the same to Customs Office, Imphal along with the driver and one passenger for thorough checking.

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At the customs office, the lady passenger who identified herself, confessed and took out three gold biscuits from her innerwear. The value of the seized gold is Rs. 25,39,800, the statement said

Investigation on the cases is going on, it added.

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