Gold smugglers give residents of an area in Mumbai a bad name
Officials said genuine passengers from Ulhasnagar are frisked thoroughly owing to certain syndicates that have lured the youth from there to smuggle goldUpdated: Oct 16, 2017 16:29 IST
The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) said that an increasing number of cases of gold smuggling involving residents of Ulhasnagar have made them extra cautious when they see a passenger from the place at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
Ulhasnagar, located to the northeast of Mumbai, in Thane, has many businessmen who travel to Dubai for their work.
Officials said genuine passengers from Ulhasnagar have to face the heat and are frisked thoroughly owing to certain smuggling syndicates .
According to sources, some of these syndicates deploy carriers — young men and women who are lured into smuggling with promises of free international travel and money. However, some businessmen have taken to smuggling because of the easy money.
In order to detect smuggling, the AIU even quizzes suspects on their purpose of visit and if there are inconclusive replies, they resort to checks. “Most of them are very clever and speak fluent English. They answer our questions confidently and do not fumble. We resort to intelligence and passenger profiling to detect cases,” said a source.
While fliers are checked based on passenger profiling, smugglers still have new innovative methods to dodge the authorities.
According to officials, many smugglers conceal the gold in their rectums, which makes it difficult for authorities to detect. An X-ray examination is carried out to find gold concealed in the body.
The AIU said such passengers are putting themselves at a grave risk. At the international airport, cases of foreign bodies concealed within the rectum have been frequently reported. Such passengers are convinced for prompt self-removal. The delayed removal of foreign bodies in the rectums can lead to severe complications including abdominal, rectal pains associated with bleeding and infections.
First Published: Oct 16, 2017 16:29 IST