Saturday, November 23, 2019

Gold smuggling continues unabated via Kannur airport

Kannur: The incidents of gold smuggling through Kannur International Airport (Kial) is continuing unabated despite the efforts by the Customs and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials to prevent it by strengthening the preventive measures.

On the evening of November 21, day they seized five kilograms of gold worth around Rs 2.04 crore from six passengers, said the officials. They said the passengers were coming from different Gulf countries and are from Kozhikode, Mallapuram, and Kasaragod districts.

In one case, around 729 grams of gold in paste form was concealed inside his body of one passenger from Beypore in Kozhikode, and he was coming from Muscat by GoAir flight. This seizure was made by the Customs unit while other five were by the DRI.

The gold was extracted from 894 grams of Gold paste and the smuggler was doing rectum concealment, said Sumit Kumar, commissioner of customs, Kochi. In all the six cases, the concealment was in the same manner.

From April to November 21, the customs unit alone have made 37 gold seizures, to the tune of 27.17 kilogram, and the value would be around Rs 9.3 crore, said the official.
23/11/19 P Sudhakaran/Times of India
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