Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Bengaluru: Gold worth Rs 72 lakh seized at Kempegowda International Airport

Bengaluru: Customs sleuths at Kempegowda International Airport nabbed two smugglers in as many days and seized gold estimated to be worth Rs 72.4 lakh. The two men, hailing from Tamil Nadu, were smuggling gold from Sharjah.

Sources said the first person, a 28-year-old, landed in Bengaluru on Air Arabia flight G9 496 on Christmas day. Following passenger profiling, a customs team intercepted the man, who was behaving suspiciously, and frisked him. They found he had hidden gold — around 1.1kg, estimated to be worth Rs 52.5 lakh — in his underwear. He was arrested for smuggling and customs duty evasion.

The following day, a 25-year-old man arrived on the same flight from Sharjah. He had concealed gold in paste form inside three capsules in his rectum. Following interrogation, he handed over 421 grams of gold, estimated to be worth Rs 19.9 lakh.

28/12/21 Times of India

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