The Air Customs officials at the Cochin International Airport in Southern Indian state seized gold biscuits weighing 1.5 kilograms from three passengers. The officials foiled the passengers’ attempt to sneak in 13 gold biscuits worth approximately Rs.50 lakhs.
The accused were identified as Badesh Mathlani, 23, Dheeraj pathak, 41 and Puru Singh, 42. The passengers had arrived at the airport in two separate flights from Kuala Lumpur early morning Monday. Following a tip-off the Customs officials intercepted the passengers at the exit gate while trying to escape through the green channel. The gold was found hidden in their rectums. The officials recovered five gold bars from the first passenger, and four each from the other two.
According to the officials, the passengers had replied in negative when asked whether they possess gold. During interrogation, it was revealed that they had hidden the gold biscuits in their rectums.
It was only a few days back that Customs officials had seized 11 kilograms of gold from three passengers at the same airport.
Ever since the Indian government imposed restrictions on gold imports, the smuggling of the yellow metal has multiplied several folds. In Cochin International Airport alone, 80.9 kilograms of gold worth Rs 22 crores have been seized over the past one year. A total of 141 gold smuggling cases have been registered during the period between May 2013 and May 2014.