NEW DELHI: From a cluster of keys to belt clasps, bolts used to gather a trolley bag, jewelry and souvenirs, almost everything that 3 Chinese nationals were carrying when they reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) Friday turned out to be gold.
Customs officials sifted through their possessions to make a seizure of gold worth Rs1.42 crore that was apparently smuggled into the country. The 3 men were arrested the same day.
According to customs officials, these Chinese men, aged 34, 61 and 63 years, arrived at Terminal 3 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, via Hong Kong.
“Their route raised suspicions and, on the basis of passenger profiling, our team intercepted them and asked them to cooperate for a detailed search. While frisking them, it was found that souvenirs and some jewelry they were wearing were of gold. Their belt buckles and a bunch of keys also turned out to be of gold. Further, on checking their luggage, it was found all the bolts used to gather the trolley bag were also made of gold. The total recovered gold is of about 4kg,” an officer, who did not wish to be named, said.
In another incident, the customs arrested a 21-year-old Afghani who arrived in Delhi from Kabul and was allegedly trying to smuggle in 2 gold bars after hiding them in his shoes Sunday.