Sunday, March 03, 2019

Gold worth Rs 18 lakh seized at Thiruvananthapuram airport

Thiruvananthapuram: Customs officers seized gold worth Rs 18.5 lakh from a passenger at Trivandrum International Airport in the early hours of Saturday. The passenger was identified as Najideen Abdul Rasheed, a native of Oyoor, near Kottarakara. He arrived in Air India Express flight IX 540 that landed at 2.30am from Dubai.

Air Intelligence Unit officers intercepted the passenger when he arrived at the airport. The gold weighing 555.29g was found in the form of thin foil sheets hidden inside a briefcase. It was covered with carbon paper and concealed in the hardboard bottom layer.

“Though the quantity was less, the method in which the gold was concealed was different. We have a usual procedure of profiling the passengers. We questioned him based on suspicion and the gold was found during x-ray screening. The passenger worked as a truck driver and was visiting his relative in Dubai on visiting visa. He said that his brother-in-law gave the briefcase and other luggage, but, did not inform him about the concealed gold. He claims that his brother -in-law also offered to arrange a job for him during his next visit. As the value of gold was less than Rs 20 lakh, he was not arrested,” said an official.
03/03/19 Times of India
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