Jet staffer held with Rs 1.2 crore worth gold in Mumbai.


MUMBAI: A senior employee of a private airline was arrested with four kg of smuggled gold worth Rs 1.2 crore at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Tuesday night.

Nadeem Ansari , 29, employed as a senior service supervisor with Jet Airways, was intercepted by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials while leaving the airport with five pouches containing 4.05 kg gold. Ansari was promised Rs 75,000 if he could manage to sneak out of the airport the gold that had been smuggled into the country by a carrier from Dubai that evening and left in an airline bus.

Jet Airways has suspended Ansari pending enquiry and will take further action based on the outcome of the probe. The identity of the passenger who smuggled the gold has been withheld. Interestingly, the passenger travelled business class as they enjoy the privilege of exiting the aircraft first. "Ansari was not on duty and should not have been there at the airport. Moreover, his job was to supervise operations at the passenger counters," an official said.

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