Saturday, September 05, 2020

AIU Seizes Gold Worth Rs 32.67 Lakhs At Calicut Airport, Passenger Held

In yet another gold smuggling incident reported in Kerala, the Airport Intelligence Unit (AIU), Calicut on Saturday seized 700 gm gold from a passenger travelling from Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah.
Gold worth Rs 32.67 Lakhs concealed inside a pressure cooker was recovered from the passenger who boarded flight SG 9760. The AIU officials opened the base of the cooker, to recover the metal. The passenger has been arrested and further investigation is underway.
In a similar incident on September 2, the AIU in Kerala seized 1.12 kgs gold in compound form (978.5 gram extracted) valued at Rs 50.42 lakhs from a passenger in Kannur International Airport. Earlier on August 31, the AIU in Thiruvananthapuram seized 225.38 grams of gold in foil form valued at Rs 11.11 lakhs, concealed inside a trolley bag.
The passenger was arrested and an investigation was initiated into the matter. However, there have been multiple such cases in the recent past. Earlier on August 27, the Customs Preventive Unit (CPU) in Palakkad seized over 3 kg of smuggled gold bars and ornaments worth Rs 1.70 crores and Rs 6 lakh in cash.
05/09/20 Gloria Methri/Republic World
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