Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Gold worth Rs 10L seized at Jaipur airport

Jaipur: Customs officials at Jaipur International Airport intercepted a passenger who arrived from Dubai on Monday and seized 200 gm of gold worth nearly Rs 10 lakh. While the gold was under allowed limit, it was undeclared and investigation is on.

“Customs officials intercepted a passenger who landed from Dubai at 1:36am on Monday at Jaipur. On examination of his checked-in baggage in the X-ray machine, unusual dark images of some objects were noticed indicating concealment of some heavy /precious metal like gold. The passenger denied being in possession of any such items. On opening two black pepper packets in his checked-in baggage, two biscuits of fine gold (of 99.99% purity) were found duly wrapped in multiple layers of white plastic and blue carbon paper sheets. The smuggled gold weighing 200 grams, valued at Rs 9,86,000 was seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is on”, said an official statement of the customs department.

Just last month, the customs department at Jaipur International Airport seized 1.5 kg of gold valued at nearly Rs 80 lakh which was found concealed under the seat of an Air India flight which landed from Dubai. Three employees of subsidiary firm of Air India were also arrested in this smuggling operation. Acting on specific intelligence, Customs officials of city airport conducted rummaging of the Air India flight which arrived from Dubai on November 16, in the presence of Air India security, engineering and maintenance staff.

14/12/21 Times of India

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