Jaipur: The customs department seized 330 gm gold from a passenger at Jaipur international airport on Monday. The passenger stashed the gold in pen’s refill, Bluetooth music system, and cardboards to trick the investigative agencies but in vain. He arrived in Jaipur in a flight from Sharjah.
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The accused is a resident of Uttar Pradesh. He was smuggling gold from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates city on the Arabian Gulf. He came under the radar of security personnel due to his suspicious behavior.
According to the customs official SC Agarwal, security forces at the airport spotted something suspicious while scanning the accused passenger and his luggage. After the security check-up, 330 gm gold was found with him which was hidden in his Bluetooth headphones, pens and cardboards.
Customs officials are interrogating the accused. Further investigation is going on.
The customs department seized more than 2 kg of gold at Jaipur International Airport
this month. The gold was estimated to be worth about Rs 80 lakh.
More than 200 kg of gold was seized at the Jaipur Airport last month. Smugglers used different methods to hide the gold from security forces. In one case, the smuggler kept the gold in his socks, while the other one was hiding it in sandals.
With the increasing number of cases, investigative agencies like DRI, CGST, Customs, Income Tax Department, Commercial Tax Department with CISF and airport authorities have been put on alert
. The agencies are trying to bust the networks involved in gold smuggling.
First published: October 29, 2018