BENGALURU: On Monday, the Customs department seized 1.5 kg of gold valued at `45.9 lakh hidden in the waist belt of a passenger arriving from Dubai at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). This is the fifth case in the last three months at the airport where gold into a paste and carried in the waistband, has been seized.
According to an official Fakruddin Rukmuddin (33), a resident of Mumbai, who arrived by IndiGo flight on Monday. He had hidden the gold in his waist belt when he was stopped by Customs officers.
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He had ground the gold and made it into a paste by mixing other materials including gum. It was all hidden in the waist belt covered around Rukmuddin’s waist. The waistband looks similar to the band worn by individuals with back problems. The passenger has been arrested and further investigations are on.
In two other incidents, gold smuggling during the last night, 1.65 kg of gold was seized from passengers who reached the city from Dubai.
Gold biscuits weighing 593 grams and worth 18.72 lakh was seized from Mohammed Qadir from Uttar Pradesh who came to Bengaluru airport from Dubai on July 7. He had hidden it inside an electrical device with the gold covered in black tapes. In the other incident, gold jewellery weighing 1.037 kg was seized from the luggage of Thameemul Haq, who arrived from Dubai at KIA on July 5