Man arrested at Hyderabad airport for smuggling 2.7kg of gold in the form of paste and chains

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Customs officers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad seized 2,715,800 grams of gold items worth Rs 1.36 crore from a passenger.

Gold worth Rs 1.36 crore was seized from a passenger at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, customs officials announced on Saturday January 22. The passenger had arrived on flight 6E 025 from Dubai on Friday January 21. Authorities detected and seized 2,715,800 grams of gold artifacts worth Rs 1.36 crore from him. Gold chains and gold in paste form were concealed inside carry-on and checked baggage.

It is the latest in a string of gold smuggling incidents detected at the airport this month. On January 11, customs officers seized 1.48 kg of gold worth Rs 72.80 lakh from three female passengers who arrived from Dubai. The gold was seized in three separate cases. Two of the passengers had hidden the gold in underwear while the third had hidden it in the rectum.

On January 10, officials recovered 442.6 grams of gold worth Rs 21.70 lakhs from a passenger who arrived from Dubai. The gold in paste form was hidden inside a specially sewn underwear pocket. A day earlier, they recovered gold in the form of paste from a passenger who had concealed it in the bandages attached to the calves of both legs.

They seized 970 grams of gold worth Rs 47.55 lakh from a male passenger who arrived from Sharjah.

On January 7, authorities seized 330 grams of gold wires with white rhodium coating worth Rs 16.18 lakhs from a male passenger who arrived from Dubai. The gold was hidden inside the metal frame of a wheelie bag.

Earlier in March 2021, five passengers from Dubai were caught carrying 2.5kg of gold worth around Rs 1.15 crore, concealed in mixer-grinder motors and cutting devices . The contraband gold was found in their luggage.

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