Jaipur: The customs department arrested a man for smuggling 483 g gold in the form of halwa (pudding) at Jaipur International airport on Friday. To trick the security arrangement, he hid the small gold biscuits in the pudding and packed it with multiple layers.
When the food item was scanned through security scanners, the smuggling came to the light. The accused was caught while he was getting through the security checkpoint, said officials.
The man came from Dubai. The seized gold is said to be worth Rs 16 lakh in the international markets, said a custom official.
According to the customs officials, the man hid the two packets of pudding in his inner wears. After the security check, five gold biscuits were found inside the pudding.
The gold was seized and the smuggler was arrested. The team is questioning the man to get further details on the smuggling network that he was part of, added officials.
The officer said that the man will be produced in a court. Further investigation is going on.
Similarly, the customs department arrested a man for smuggling 730g gold in liquid form at Jaipur International Airport on Sunday. Initially, the security agencies believed that it was a pickle, but when the liquid was scanned through security scanners, the smuggling came to the light.
According to the customs officials, smugglers are using different ways to smuggle gold. Some hide it in cardboard sheets, some in their rectum, in sandals, socks, books, earphones and what not.
Custom officials discovered 48 cases of gold smuggling in the year 2018 and seized 34 kg gold worth Rs 11.71 crore.
Most of the gold smuggling cases have come into light from Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Bangkok to India as these places are near to India and the flight tickets are also cheaper as compared to other countries.