The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and its customs and security officials indeed have a lot of work to do these days as they are now seeing a rise in attempts to smuggle gold into the city. Cases in both domestic and international terminals are putting the customs guys at work. After a good run in June and July, where customs seized drugs valued over Rs. 100 crores, the customs are looking at this month being a gold rush for them.
In a recent incident, the customs officials seized three gold bars from an Indigo flight 6E 025 from Dubai to Hyderabad. The customs officials these gold bars, which weigh approximately 350 gms and are valued at Rs.17.14 Lakh, were concealed in the tube light choke inside the flight toilet. The customs have exclaimed that this has been one of the most unusual locations where they found gold. As a result, customs booked a case of smuggling and looking for the unknown passenger.
This smuggling case has been the third in just four days now as 895.20 grams of gold valued at Rs 43.55 lakh was seized from a passenger who arrived from Sharjah just last Thursday. Another bizarre case before that was of a man who hid gold paste in his undergarments and another incident of gold hidden in domestic use items like facial cream, blender, and soles of sandals. However, all these passengers are interrogated and under judicial custody while the hunt for the current smuggling is still going on.