Saturday, January 25, 2020

Gold worth Rs 18L seized at airport

Thiruvananthapuram: Customs officers seized gold worth Rs 18 lakh from a passenger at Trivandrum International Airport on Thursday night. The passenger was identified as Rijas, a native of Kozhikode.

The passenger had arrived in Air India Express flight IX 374 around 10.30pm. The flight from Doha has a stopover at Kozhikode airport. He was intercepted by officers of AIU unit at the airport based on suspicion. On inspection, two packets of gold were recovered from the bag carried by the passenger. The gold in form of four biscuits was covered in cellophane tape. The value of the gold is 18.9 lakh.

“The passenger said he was unaware about the gold and someone might have kept it in his bag when he went to the washroom during flight. He claimed to have reached Thiruvananthapuram in search of job. As he had travelled in the domestic leg, we suspect someone might have handed over the gold when the flight reached Kozhikode. A case has been registered and investigation has been launched,” said AIU officer.
25/01/20 Times of India
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