Mumbai: On the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) arrested three Indian passengers from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) for allegedly trying to smuggle gold bars worth Rs 1.67 crore.

Two of the arrested were passengers arriving from Bangkok while the third person was the mastermind, who was supposed to receive the package at the airport.

According to the AIU sources, the officials on the Terminal 2 (T2) of the CSIA received a tip-off that two persons arriving from Bangkok were carrying smuggled gold in their bags. Acting on the tip-off, the AIU officials intercepted the duo – Harish Kumar Chopra and Karan Kumar – while they were walking towards the exit gate of the airport. Upon checking their sling bags, the AIU officials found six gold bars weighing one kg each and a cut gold bar with a foreign mark on it. The total worth of the seized gold is over Rs 1.67 crore.

Following the seizure, Chopra and Kumar were arrested and questioned by the AIU personnel.

During their interrogation, the duo revealed the name of the person who was supposed to collect the delivery outside the airport. According to the information provided by the duo, the police apprehended Ajay Kumar, who had arrived in Mumbai from the national capital hours prior to the arrest.

An official from AIU said, “The two passengers had concealed the gold bars inside the lining of the sling bags they were carrying and covered it with clothes. As the duo was approaching the exit gate after landing, the interception was made.”

The AIU have seized the gold bars and arrested the trio under the Provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Accordingly the trio will be questioned as to who else was connected with them in terms of selling the smuggled gold bars. Any local connection in the city will also be probed during the investigation of the case.