1-kg gold found under plane seat at Chandigarh airport; Rs 22 lakh cash seized from passenger
Officials said that so far the gold seized was unclaimed.Updated: Dec 15, 2017 12:48 IST
Two cases of recovery of cash and gold were reported at the Chandigarh International Airport on Thursday. Customs officials were surprised to find 1.16 kg gold having market worth of Rs 25 lakh under a passenger seat on IndiGo’s Dubai flight that landed around 11 am. The gold bars were detected when the plane was routinely being checked after deboarding.
Officials said that so far the gold seized was unclaimed. They are trying to probe who was trying to “smuggle” it.
Only last week, the customs seized nearly 3 kg gold from a passenger from Delhi who had concealed it in a vacuum cleaner.
Also, on Thursday, a team of Mohali police seized Rs 22 lakh from Gurgaon resident Sandeep Daggar who landed here in a Delhi flight in the afternoon. Officials said he was identified based on the intelligence input that illegal cash was being taken.
“When police questioned him, he claimed that he was taking cash to buy a property in Panchkula. We are verifying his claims and accordingly will take legal action against him,” said an official. The income tax department too has been informed about the seizure.
As for the gold, officials asserted that smugglers are trying to sneak in gold through cities having new airports assuming that they will not be caught there. But the security is stepped up at the airport.
As past experience shows, smugglers are resorting to deep concealment methods in the hope that officials will not catch them. “But we are trying our level best not to allow any kind of smuggling from the airport,” said an official.
Smuggling of gold is rampant from Dubai due to price difference with the Indian market. Moreover, gold from Dubai has more worth in Indian market due to purity factor. The government also loses customs duty due to smuggling.
Seizures at city airport
With international operations starting at the Chandigarh airport last September, smugglers are trying to sneak in gold from Dubai
Dec 8: 2.9-kg gold worth Rs 80 lakh seized inside a vacuum cleaner
Oct 25: 600-gram gold chains worth ₹17 lakh seized
October 17: 1.4-kg gold biscuits worth ₹39 lakh recovered from Jalandhar man
July 27: 350-gram gold worth ₹10 lakh found inside coffee mugs and lunch box
July 13: 540-gram gold worth ₹15 lakh found concealed in beading of a suitcase
July 10: 407-gram gold worth ₹11 lakh recovered from inside a Maharashtra man’s rectum