Tuesday, July 25, 2017

3 held for smuggling gold worth Rs 36 lakh; one hid it in toothpaste tube, other got it coloured copper

Mumbai: Gold seems to be changing its colour, especially when it is smuggled into the country.
Dubai-based smugglers are coating gold with the colour of copper to ensure it is not detected by customs officials at airports.
In the last 24 hours, a team of customs officials has apprehended three people at Mumbai airport for smuggling gold worth Rs 36 lakh.
On Sunday night, a passenger named Kandathil Mohamed Rafi was apprehended. Rafi, who belongs to Kerala, had arrived from Dubai on an Indigo flight, and was carrying a hand baggage. He works as a salesman in Dubai.
 "During the search, we recovered copper-coloured wires stitched on to embroidery panel of fabrics from him. Chemical tests revealed that these were gold wires coated with copper paint. The gold weighed 587 grams and was worth Rs 17.32 lakh," an official said.
In another incident, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) intercepted Altaf Husain Ghulam Shabbir, who had arrived from Dubai on a Jet Airways flight.
They recovered four gold chains worth Rs 7 lakh from him. Shabbir had hidden the gold chains in a tube of toothpaste.
24/07/17 Virendrasingh Ghunawat/India Today