50 gold coins seized at Amritsar airport

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 20:24 IST
The gold coins seized by the customs department at Amritsar airport on Thursday. (HT Photo)

The customs commissionerate recovered 50 gold coins from a passenger at the Shri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport.

The seizure worth Rs 10 lakh was made after the customs that had specific information started the operation led by its commissioner Capt Sanjay Gahlot.

Deputy commissioner customs (Air Intelligence) Amanjit said, “There was a specific input and as soon as a flight from Dubai landed on the airport, a passenger named Akash Verma was stopped for search. The passenger had hidden the gold consignment in his rectum.”

The customs officer informed that each coin weighed 7.97 grams and total cost of the coins was around Rs 10 lakh.

“We are maintaining a very high vigil and this is the reason that regular seizures are made at this airport. We have sensitised the staff and keeping a close eye,” he added.

Notably, last month, the customs department had seized 10 gold biscuits smuggled into India by arresting a passenger and his accomplice from this airport. The 10 gold biscuits weighed 1,166 grams and had a market value of Rs 33.23 lakh.

Past seizures

Feb 2016: 10 gold biscuits seized from one person

Jan 2015: 900 grams recovered from two persons

Jan 2014: 5 kg gold recovered, 4 persons detained

April 2013: 41 gold biscuits seized, one held

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