Customs officers at Mangaluru International Airport, based on intelligence and surveillance, intercepted Mashkoor Kallar hailing from Kasaragod, Kerala on Saturday when he arrived from Dubai by Air India flight IX 1814.
On profiling and personal search, the passenger was found to have hidden gold in the form of paste in his rectum.
Gold weighing 0.587 kg of 24k purity valued at Rs 35 lac (approximately) was recovered and seized. Further, the passenger has also been arrested under relevant provisions of the Customs Act by the deputy commissioner of the airport customs.
Commissioner of customs Imamuddin Ahmed has commended the persistent vigil exercised by the Mangaluru airport customs led by Dr Kapil Gade deputy commissioner, and officers. Preeti Suma, Satish Kumar and Kashiti Nayak, for their consistent efforts.
On January 13, two passengers were arrested at Chennai airport when goods, including 1.42 kg of gold with a total worth ₹85 lacs, were seized by the Customs department at the Chennai airport. The goods were seized from two passengers who arrived from Dubai by flight 6E 8246. The two accused had concealed gold paste in rectum which was recovered.
The seized items had included 1.42 kg of gold valued at ₹ 72.6 lakhs. The other items include cigarettes, smartphones, laptops and liquor with a total worth of ₹ 12.4 lakhs.