Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Customs seizes gold worth Rs 15 lakh hidden in stand of disco light

The customs at IGI airport on Tuesday seized gold worth nearly Rs 15 lakh hidden in the stand of a disco light by an Indian national, who arrived from Doha.
The person, alighting from flight 9W 533, was intercepted after a tip off; he had a passport issued in Kozhikode, Kerala, and concealed 467 grams of gold in the disco light fixture.
"This is a new modus operandi. The person said he was carrying the disco lights for an event. We scanned the whole set-up and detected metal in the hollow of the stand and recovered gold after dismantling it. The man says he has bought the gold from his savings; we have detained him for a thorough inquiry," a senior customs officer said.
Customs also recovered Rs 35 lakh in the demonetized denominations of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 from the baggage of four passengers who alighted at the IGI airport on Tuesday afternoon by flight numbers RQ 115 and 4Q 243, from Kabul. All the four men are Afghan nationals and preliminary inquiry revealed that they have been making frequent visits to India since the demonetization drive, the officer said, adding that all the seizures were made by a team led by Karan Thapar, deputy commissioner (customs), IGI.
14/12/16 Anvit Srivastava/The Times Of India