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Gold worth ₹12 lakh seized from Bangkok return passenger

Gold was concealed in shape of ringlets inside stitch buttons coated in white colour

punjab Updated: Dec 21, 2017 22:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,International Airport,Chandigarh International Airport
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A week after the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight was started from Chandigarh International Airport, the customs team seized 450-gm gold worth ₹12 lakh from passenger who was on the return flight from Thailand’s capital city.

Ludhiana based passenger was caught on Wednesday. This time the gold was concealed inside stitch button of skirts and jackets the accused was carrying in his baggage. The gold was in shape of ringlets inside the stitch buttons coated in white colour when it was detected by the X-ray machine.

“It was definitely a unique way to conceal the gold but it was detected on time,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

He said the probe so far revealed that the smuggler was a conduit working for other people. The gold has been seized and further proceedings have been initiated as per the rules.

Earlier this month, a smuggler from Delhi tried to sneak in with nearly 3kg gold by concealing it in a vacuum cleaner.

Smugglers have used coffee mugs, lunch box and even their body to conceal the gold and dodge the checks at the airport.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 22:22 IST