Rs 2.17 kg gold smuggled from Saudi Arabia seized at Jaipur airport; Bikaner man arrested
It is one of the biggest seizures of smuggled gold at Jaipur airport in the recent past. The customs department has taken the man, a resident of Bikaner in Rajasthan, into custody.
Jaipur: The customs department seized gold weighing about 2.17 kg at Jaipur International Airport from a man who had arrived in the city from Saudi Arabia. The gold is worth about Rs 1.12 crore.
It is one of the biggest seizures of smuggled gold at Jaipur airport in the recent past. The customs department has taken the man, a resident of Bikaner in Rajasthan, into custody and interrogation with him is going on. According to preliminary reports, he was offered free travel to his native place in India in lieu of smuggling the gold. He was handed over some trolley bags by an acquaintance at Riyadh Airport in Saudi Arabia.
The man had gone to Riyadh only in September last year. While he was coming home to visit his family on Friday, a man he already knew gave him two trolley bags at Riyadh airport and promised to bear the travel cost if he handed them over to someone outside Jaipur airport.
When the two bags of the youth, who came in Sharjah flights of Air Arabia, were scanned with the X-ray machine, some suspicious metal object was spotted. At a first glance, it seemed like metal wires. When asked he told the customs department officials that the bag contained only household items.
The customs team cut open the bottom part of the trolley bag and found metal objects in the shape of wires. The wires were made of gold with a radium coating. Four wires were recovered from both bags, weighing 2.17 kg.