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Man held with Rs 30L gold upon arrival from Russia

Man held with Rs 30L gold upon arrival from Russia

New Delhi: A man has been arrested at the Delhi airport upon his arrival from Moscow for allegedly smuggling gold bars and gold wires worth more than Rs 29 lakh by concealing them in his underclothes, the Customs officials said on Thursday.

The customs department received a specific tip-off on September 22 about one passenger arriving from Moscow to Delhi by flight number SU 232. The moment the man arrived at the IGI Airport, his luggage was thoroughly checked.

"A detailed personal search of the passenger resulted in the recovery of six gold bars and four gold wires, concealed in his underclothes, weighing 794 gram," said Anubha Sinha, joint commissioner (customs), IGI Airport.

The custom officials with the help of a scissor cut the clothes and a bag from which valuables were recovered.

Officials further stated that the market value of the gold was approximately Rs 29,96,079, the officials said. The passenger was arrested under provisions of section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962. The recovered gold bars and wires have been seized under section 110 of Customs Act 1962.

In August, two Indians were arrested at the airport here after their return from Thailand for allegedly smuggling over nine kg gold bars worth nearly Rs 3 crore.

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