Saturday, July 23, 2022

Gold worth Rs 20 lakh hidden under plane seat seized at Kolkata airport

Four gold bars weighing above 400 grams and worth Rs 20.8 lakh — wrapped with black adhesive tapes — were found hidden under a seat of an IndiGo flight that reached Kolkata from Bangkok on Saturday.

Customs officials said the gold bar blocks were taped at the downside of seat 29F of IndiGo flight 6E 078.

There were no claimants, and none were arrested yet. Customs officials have started a probe and are questioning passengers seated near the seat as well as airline and airport officials.

The arrest comes three weeks after Customs officials at Kolkata airport had seized two gold stripes and one crude chain of 24K gold collectively weighing around 233gm and worth 10.8 lakh from a Dubai passenger on July 3.

Five gold rods and two crude chains made of 24K gold collectively weighing around 764gms and worth 40.32 lakh were also seized from a Bangladeshi passenger on the same day.

23/07/22 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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