The customs department have recovered 246 gold coins, valued at Rs 57 lakh, from a toilet of a Doha-Amritsar flight at the Sree Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar.
Customs commissioner Capt Sanjay Gahlot said, “Two packets were found hidden inside the rear toilet of the flight that landed from Doha on Wednesday. When the packets were opened, gold coins were found inside.”
A case under the Customs Act-1962 has been registered and officials have initiated a detailed probe, said Gahlot.
Customs officials have in the past too made gold seizures at the airport. According to officials, the gold is either found abandoned in aircraft or it is recovered from passengers coming to Amritsar from Dubai or Doha.
March 2016: 50 gold coins recovered from a passenger
Feb 2016: 10 gold biscuits seized from a person
July 2015: 5-kg gold found in a toilet of an aircraft.
Jan 2015: 900 grams gold recovered from two persons
Jan 2014: 5 kg gold recovered, 4 persons detained
April 2013: 41 gold biscuits seized, one held