Thursday, April 01, 2021

Gold worth Rs 55 lakh seized at airport

Jaipur: In three separate incidents, the customs department at the Jaipur International Airport seized over 1 kilogram of gold worth around Rs 55 lakh from three passengers. While one passenger arrived from UAE, the other one was travelling to Jaipur from Saudi Arabia and the third one from Dubai.

According to officials, the passenger from UAE was carrying 347 gram of gold valued at Rs 16 lakh concealed in a transistor. He was carrying a radio in his trolley bag. Two solid white metal rods covered with blue coloured adhesive tape were found placed in the body of radio fixed with the help of quick-fix. On removing blue tape white metal rods of 2-inch length each having 1 cm diameter were found. One solid rod when cut with the help of electric cutter reflecting yellow metal reinforced inside a steel cylinder. “Extraction of the precious metal was a herculean task and one of our officers also got slightly injured in the process,” said a customs official.

In the second instance, the passenger was intercepted with 435 gram of gold valued at Rs 20 lakh. The gold was concealed in the same way as in the previous case booked. “Wireless portable Speaker & Karaoke” weighing 262 gram and another piece in cylindrical shape weighing 173 gram concealed in casted form of a head of “face massager” were recovered.” It took very long time to detach and recover the same from casted items with the help of electric cutter and other instruments by a government approved valuer,” added the official.

01/04/21 Times of India

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