Thursday, December 23, 2021

Sudanese woman lands at Bengaluru airport with gold worth Rs 26.11 lakh

Bengaluru: A 38-year-old Sudanese woman landed at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) from Sharjah with gold paste weighing 535gm concealed in capsules inside her rectum.

She was nabbed by Bengaluru Customs during her attempt to slip out with the smuggled gold worth Rs 26.11 lakh.

Bengaluru airport sources said the incident unfolded on Tuesday evening after the landing of Air Arabia flight G9 498 from Sharjah to Bengaluru.

Around 9.30pm when the disembarked passengers walked into the airport building, customs sleuths on duty at the terminal floor intercepted the African woman who was found in a suspicious manner.

The officials questioned her to ascertain if she was a Sudan passport holder and had arrived in India on a medical visa. But with further suspicion over her trip to Bengaluru, women officers questioned her and found out that she was indulging in gold smuggling from the UAE into Bengaluru.

On being quizzed further, the woman accepted that she was carrying three capsules filled with gold in its paste form inside her rectum to evade customs officials at the airport.

She handed over the capsule and officials weighed it after melting the paste to a solid block to ascertain it to 535gm of gold worth Rs 26.11 lakh in its present market value.

23/12/21 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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