Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Customs suspects gold carriers getting training

Pune: Customs officials fear that people smuggling gold into the country are receiving specific training on how to use various parts of an aircraft to hide the yellow metal.
Last month, six gold biscuits worth Rs 22 lakh were seized from the oxygen panel at the rear lavatory of the SpiceJet Dubai-Pune flight. Officials probing the seizure and similar cases said they suspected that the handlers chalking out the smuggling blueprints are ensuring adequate training for the carriers to hide the consignments and execute the plans.

“In most cases, gold has been recovered concealed either in the luggage or the body parts of these carriers. But there have been instances of the metal being found from the aircraft as well. The last month’s recovery led us to suspect that these carriers know various aspects of an aircraft — its interior and the apt places to hide gold,” an official said.

“It seems that the carriers are trained enough. It’s not possible for a novice to open the oxygen panel of an aircraft and hide gold there,” he said.
29/08/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India