Customs officials at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have seized 10 kg gold from two passengers, who had concealed the gold bars in a specially designed belt they wore inside their trousers.
“Customs stopped two passengers holding Indian passports after they crossed the green channel. They had arrived from Hong Kong. We have recovered 10 gold bars, weighing one kg each, from them. The seized gold is worth R 2.82 crore,” said a customs official. The arrests were made on Tuesday.
On Saturday too, the officials had arrested two passengers for smuggling gold worth R 33.36 lakh.
“One passenger arrived from Bangkok, while another from Hyderabad. Since terminal three caters to both international and domestic passengers, they exchanged the gold in the toilet. The domestic passengers are often not checked by the customs. But in this case, we were keeping a watch, and caught them with 1,200 grams of gold,” the official said.
In past few months, customs officials have seen smugglers trying out all possible tricks to hoodwink them, by using unique modi operandi including concealment of gold in diapers to papayas.
There have been cases of gold being stitched into a bra, suffed in the rod of a baby walker, tied on thigh guards and waist, said an officer, attributing the desperate efforts by smugglers to the customs’ increased vigil.