Passenger with gold worth Rs 16 lakh nabbed at airport
The gold recovered from the passenger was seized under the reasonable belief that the same was attempted to be smuggled in India.
PUNE: Officers of the Customs Department at Pune airport, based in Lohegaon, intercepted a passenger smuggling gold weighing 511.31 gm worth Rs 16.71 lakh on Monday. He had concealed the yellow metal in his rectum in the form of a paste. The passenger arrived from Dubai at 4 am by SpiceJet SG 52.
The passenger was identified as Abdur Rahim Khateeb, a resident from Bhatkal in Karnataka.
According to the Customs official, “Khateeb arrived by SpiceJet on Monday. A personal search conducted by the officers resulted in the recovery of 511.31 gm of gold worth Rs 16,71,983. It was concealed in the rectum in paste form.”
“The passenger was being watched closely during de-boarding. His unusual gait led to suspicion. After completion of the immigration process, while he was passing through the green channel (the system, where international passengers are scanned on an X-ray machine), we started frisking him,” said a senior Customs officer.
The gold recovered from the passenger was seized under the reasonable belief that the same was attempted to be smuggled in India. Hence, it was liable for confiscation under the provisions of the Customs Act 1962.
In his statement, recorded under section 108 of the Customs Act, the passenger admitted conscious possession, carriage, concealment and recovery of gold under seizure.