Saturday, December 23, 2017

Customs finds 33kg gold moulded into jet pumps at Kempegowda International Airport

Bengaluru: A consignment of jet pumps had landed from Dubai and sat innocuously in the Air Cargo Complex at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). Crafted into the pumps was a whopping 33kg of gold, worth Rs 9.4crore.
Bengaluru Customs officials had only one specific tip-off: that large quantities of gold were being smuggled into the city via air cargo. The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) team at KIA set about combing the cargo complex and finally zeroed in upon the pump consignment.
Around 8.30pm Wednesday, the Customs team dismantled the pumps and a thorough inspection revealed that some electrical components inside were substituted with mouldings made of solid gold. A source said that 22-carat gold had been melted and crafted into the pump before they were coated with paint to avoid detection under a scanning device at the cargo unit.
It was the biggest seizure of gold in 2017. Customs officials are tracking the receiver of the consignment from Dubai, shipped recently but as yet unclaimed from the cargo section. Officials were tight-lipped about the number of jet pumps used to smuggle the gold in, details of the source and receiver.
23/12/17 Petlee Peter/Times of India