Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Mangaluru International Airport records highest gold smuggling in 2.5 months

Mangaluru: Smuggling of gold has increased considerably through the international airport in the city as the price of yellow metal is skyrocketing in the international market.

In the first two and a half months itself, a record of Rs 7 crore worth of gold is confiscated. Most of the gold is smuggled in from Dubai. Most of the offenders belong to Kerala and Bhatkal. Gold is being smuggled by hiding it in electronic and other goods, in powder or paste form, by inserting it in belts, socks, underwear, private parts or rectums.

As Mangaluru is near Kerala, it is more convenient for the smugglers to transport the gold through this airport. In Kerala, gold smuggling 10 times more than that in Mangaluru International Airport is taking place.

In the month of January gold worth Rs 3 crore was confiscated. In February the figure was Rs 2 crore and in the month of March gold worth Rs 2.15 crore was confiscated from passengers. On March 1, gold worth Rs 5.52 lac, on March 2, 350 grams of gold worth Rs 16.52 lac, on March 4, 238 grams of gold worth Rs 11 lac, on March 11 2.41 kg of gold worth Rs 1.10 crore, which was hidden in the underwear, sanitary pad and in paste form in socks and on March 13, 737 grams of gold worth Rs 33.75 lac is confiscated by the customs officials of Mangaluru International Airport.

Most of the offenders are professional smugglers. They get caught once in 10 or 12 times. After they get released, they continue the same illegal trade. 

16/03/21 Daijiworld

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