Gold worth over Rs 1.81 crore seized at Hyderabad airport
HYDERABAD, May 24 (IANS) Customs officials at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad seized gold worth over Rs 1.81 crore from a passenger who had arrived from Dubai on Wednesday.
Based on specific information, the Air Intelligence Unit of Hyderabad Customs, RGIA intercepted a passenger who had arrived from Dubai on Emirates Flight EK-524 at 3 am.
When examining the person and the baggage, the customs officials found an emergency light. Upon thorough examination of the emergency light, gold in the form of a battery weighing 2,915 grams was found hidden in the battery portion of the emergency light.
The recovered gold is valued at Rs 1,81,60,450. Customs officials seized it and arrested the passenger under the Indian Customs Act 1962.
Further investigation is underway.
The Customs Department confiscated gold at the General Investment Authority for the second day in a row. On Tuesday, gold worth over Rs 1.13 crore was confiscated from three passengers who had arrived from Riyadh.
The passengers had hidden gold in their shoes in the form of a paste. Gold was forfeited out of a total net weight of 1,818.98 grams valued at Rs 1,13,13,558.
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