Saturday, August 06, 2022

Sri Lankan couple held with smuggled gold worth Rs 69.7 Lakh in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Sleuths from Bengaluru Customs nabbed a Sri Lankan couple who attempted to smuggle in 1.3kg of gold inside their bodies at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

The suspects were trying to slip in the precious metal estimated to be worth over Rs 69.7 lakh, possibly at the behest of some gangs based in Bengaluru.

Sources with the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs at KIA said the duo, identified only as a 44-year-old man and his 32-year-old partner due to an ongoing probe, landed on Wednesday morning on IndiGo airline flight 6E 6293 from Mumbai. Customs officials conducting passenger profiling at the arrival noted the two walking in a suspicious manner and immediately intercepted them. Upon questioning, the Sri Lankan passport holders, who were in the country on tourist visas, admitted to carrying gold in their rectums.

The couple later handed over three blue-coloured capsules, each wrapped in condom and containing gold paste. Solidifying the gold paste, sleuths found that it weighed 1,335 grams and was worth Rs 69.7 lakh in the market. The smugglers confessed to the investigators that they had boarded Sri Lankan airline flight UL 141 from Colombo to Mumbai with the gold capsules in their bodies and then tried smuggling the same into Bengaluru, sources added. The duo was arrested and booked for gold smuggling and Customs duty evasion. 

06/08/22 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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