On Sunday, customs officials seized gold valued at Rs 1.36 crore from a passenger at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The passenger had arrived on Friday by 6E 025 from Dubai. The officials detected and seized 2.715800 kilograms of gold items valued at Rs 1.36 crore from him. Gold in the form of paste and chains was hidden inside hand baggage and check-in baggage.
This is not the only incident of gold smuggling detected this month at the airport.
The customs officials seized Rs 72.80 Lakh worth 1.48 kg gold from three women passengers who arrived from Dubai on Jan 11. In three separate cases, the gold was seized. Two passengers had hidden the gold inside undergarments while the third had concealed it in the rectum.
On Jan 10, the customs officials recovered 442.6 grams of gold valued at Rs 21.70 lakhs from a Dubai passenger. The gold in paste form was hidden inside the undergarment in a specially stitched pocket.
A day earlier, they recovered gold in paste form from a passenger who had hidden it in the bandages tied to the calves of both legs.
They seized 970 g of gold valued at Rs 47.55 L from a Sharjah passenger.
On Jan 7, officials seized 330 g of gold wires with white rhodium coating polish valued at Rs 16.18 lakhs from another Dubai passenger. The gold was hidden inside the metal frame of the trolley bag.