Two arrested at igi airport for smuggling gold
Two persons have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold valuing about Rs 88 lakh at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi. A man was intercepted by customs officials on Wednesday after his arrival from Dubai. Detailed examination of the baggage of the passenger resulted in recovery of gold strips coated with silver colour metal total weighing 1.02 kg, concealed in the transformer of a music system, a press release issued on Friday by the customs said. In another case, the customs official recovered foreign origin gold from a passenger who had arrived from Mumbai on Tuesday. “Detailed examination of the passenger in person resulted in recovery of foreign origin gold, weighing 2.5 kg having market value of Rs 68.13 lakh concealed in inner pocket of his pant,” it said. Both the passengers were arrested and the gold valuing about Rs 88 lakh was seized. In a related development, international airports across the country have been put on alert to check gold smuggling which might rise because of forthcoming festivals like Diwali and marriage season.