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Gold worth Rs 38 lakh seized at Amritsar airport, two held

On frisking, it was found that the passenger was hiding raw gold coated with Rhodium in the form of a round object worn under the sleeve of his shirt

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2018 22:46 IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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The gold that was seized by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) from two passengers at Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in Amritsar on Sunday. (HT photo)

The air intelligence unit (AIU) of the customs seized 1.214 kg of gold worth Rs 38.15 lakh from two passengers who arrived at Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in different flights, officials said on Sunday.

Commissioner of customs (preventive) Dipak Kumar Gupta said: “In first case, a passenger coming from Dubai in an Air India Express flight was intercepted by the AIU when he crossed the green channel without declaring any dutiable item. On frisking, it was found that the passenger was hiding raw gold coated with Rhodium, weighing 299.5 gm worth Rs 9.41 lakh, in the form of a round object worn under the sleeve of his shirt. The gold was seized and the flyer arrested.”

In another case, a passenger coming from Delhi in an Air India flight was intercepted and on his search, the AIU recovered 24 karat 12 gold biscuits. The gold biscuits weighing 914.40 gm and worth Rs 28,73,959, bore foreign marking, said Gupta. The biscuits were hidden in his socks.

The passengers have been arrested under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is under process,” he said. Gupta didn’t disclose the names of the accused.