Gold bars seized at Bhubaneswar airport


Bhubaneswar:  The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) caught a passenger carrying five smuggled gold biscuits weighing 355.12 gram at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

The passenger came from Thailand this evening by an Air India flight and the gold biscuits were hidden in his rectum. He was planning to smuggle the gold bars to Kerala via Bhubaneswar, sources said.

According to sources, during a routine checking process the customs officials noticed some suspicious activities and intercepted the passenger. When the officials frisked him they found the passenger was hiding the gold biscuits in his rectum.

The passenger has been detained and the smuggled gold has been seized under Customs Act, 1962. However, the identity of the passenger was not ascertained immediately.

Significantly, smuggled gold from abroad continued to find its way into the city. The DRI had caught three passengers carrying 5.822 kg of smuggled gold worth Rs 1.8 crore outside the airport on May 7.  Similarly, the Custom sleuths on April 22 had detained an NRI woman who arrived in Bhubaneswar airport from Bangkok for carrying illegal gold worth Rs 17 lakh.

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