Saturday, January 02, 2021

Gold worth Rs 18 lakh seized at Jaipur airport

Jaipur: The customs department seized gold at the Jaipur International Airport valued at Rs 18 lakh on Thursday night from a passenger who landed on a flight from Dubai. While no one was arrested, officials seized the precious metal.

“Customs officers seized three pieces of wire made of gold with 99.5% purity weighing 343 gram and valued at Rs 17,62,677 from a passenger who arrived from Dubai. The passenger hails from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and the gold wires were found concealed in the iron frame of his trolley bad. The gold has been seized, though no arrest is warranted in the case as the metal was valued below the threshold limit of Rs 20 lakh,” said an official of the customs department.

Last week, three persons were detained at the Jaipur International Airport with over 700gm of gold valued at approximately Rs 36 lakh. A passenger arriving by Air India flight from Dubai was intercepted by the Customs on suspicious behaviour. Gold worth Rs 15.5 lakh was recovered from him while two more persons were detained as well and gold valued at Rs 20.5 lakh was seized from individuals

Last year the customs department apprehended at least 30 people and seized around 40kg of gold.

In the past few months, the customs department at the city airport has apprehended many people, especially those travelling from Thailand and Dubai, for smuggling gold.

02/01/21 Times of India 

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