Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2 booked for gold smuggling

Bengaluru: Two men from Andhra Pradesh landed at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) from the Gulf with gold jewellery worth over Rs 23.6 lakh concealed in their luggage. Both were booked for Customs duty evasion and the gold seized.

Sources said the smuggling attempts unfolded on Sunday. In the first case, a 29-year-old male passenger landed at the Bengaluru airport on a Qatar Airways flight QR 572 from Doha. Officers intercepted him following passenger profiling and inspection of his baggage revealed gold ornaments, including bangles and a chain, hidden inside. The gold weighing 255 grams was estimated to be worth Rs 11.4 lakh. The flyer identified to be from Galiveedu town in YSR district of AP was booked for tax evasion.

Another passenger, also from AP’s YSR district, landed at KIA on Air Arabia flight G9 496 from Sharjah with gold jewellery weighing 273 grams. The gold that was hidden inside the check-in bag of the 35-year-old man was worth Rs 12.2 lakh. He too was booked for duty evasion and smuggling.

19/10/21 Times of India

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