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Jaipur Airport: Man arrested for smuggling 650g gold worth Rs 20 lakh

Sandeep Singh was caught while he was getting through the security checkpoint. The customs officials found two gold biscuits hidden in his turban.

March 30, 2019, 3:01 pm

Gold smuggling Jaipur airport. File photo

Jaipur: The customs department on Saturday arrested a man identified as Sardar Sandeep Singh for allegedly smuggling 670g gold at Jaipur international airport. He hid the gold biscuits in his turban. The man arrived at Jaipur airport from Bangkok. He is the resident of Tilak Nagar in Delhi. The gold is believed to be worth Rs 20 lakh in the international markets. Sandeep Singh was caught while he was getting through the security checkpoint. The customs officials found two gold biscuits hidden in his turban. 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. In two similar cases on Wednesday, the customs department seized foreign currency worth Rs 48 lakh from two men and arrested a man identified as 20-year-old Ismail Sidakbai Ibaani for allegedly smuggling 350g gold at Jaipur international airport. According to the customs officials, smugglers are using different ways to smuggle gold. Some hide it in cardboard sheets, some in their rectum, some in sandals, socks, books, earphones and what not. The smugglers have made the Jaipur international airport a middle spot for gold smuggling from foreign countries to other states including Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and others. Security agencies are keeping a close eye and are alert due to an increase in gold smuggling from other countries.

First published: March 30, 2019
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