Wednesday, April 07, 2021

It’s Raining Gold at MIA! Gold Seizures from Smugglers keep Customs Officials On Their Toes

Mangaluru: Three of the top 10 airports in India listed by the government, in a reply to the parliament, where the maximum quantity of gold seized over the last three years are to be from Kerala. More than 11,000 kilogram of gold worth Rs 3,122.8 crore has been seized by authorities in 16,555 gold smuggling cases reported across various Indian airports over the last five years ending August 2020, data shared by the government to the Parliament in September 2020, shows.

The year 2018-19, reported a 67% increase in the number of (4,855) cases detected over 2017-18 (2,911 cases). During the year 2018-19 and 2019-20, more than 4,000 cases each were reported, indicating a rise in gold smuggling cases compared to previous years. Gold worth Rs 858 crore was seized across airports in the year 2019-20, the most in five years, data shows. Over the last five years, 8,401 people have been booked in connection with smuggling of gold cases reported across Indian airports.

06/04/21 Alfie Dsouza/Mangalorean

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