Gold worth over Rs. 23 lakh, smuggled in from UAE and being transported in a train, was seized at Igatpuri railway station near Nashik in Maharashtra on Saturday and three persons were arrested in this connection.
The operation was jointly carried out by the Customs Department and the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
The action was taken following a tip-off given by the Customs Department.
"Three men from Ulhasnagar, who were traveling in Mumbai-bound Gitanjali Express from Nagpur, were arrested after the train arrived at Igatpuri railway station on Saturday evening," Inspector Santosh Barve of Igatpuri RPF said.
"Around 756 grams of gold worth Rs. 23.43 lakh, three laptops and as many wrist watches, a mobile and seven bottles of imported liquor were seized from their possession," he said.
Offense registered against the accused under relevant sections
The accused were identified as Dhiraj Ahuja (29), Harish Kukreja (41), and Vinod Balvani (37), all residents of Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra.
"The arrested trio admitted that the seized gold was flown to Nagpur from Sharjah and it was being taken to Kalyan from Nagpur in the train," the official said.
The offense was registered against the accused under relevant sections.