3kg Gold Found in Underwear

August 22, 2013 at 08:48


In one of the largest hauls in recent times, customs sleuths seized 3.3 kilogram of gold worth over Rs 1.1 crore concealed in the undergarments of a city-based smuggler at the Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) Airport on Wednesday morning. The air passenger had arrived from Dubai.

Rasheed Ahmed, hailing from the Old City, arrived at the RGI Airport from Dubai by flight number AI 952 on Wednesday morning. He opted for the green channel at the customs check area, declaring that he was not carrying any dutiable goods on him. At 7.30 am, air intelligence wing sleuths intercepted Rasheed as his travel pattern to Dubai looked suspicious.

When upon questioning Rasheed insisted that he was not carrying any dutiable goods, the customs officials subjected him to a thorough frisking and found 3.321 kg gold deftly wrapped in three small packets and concealed in a specially-made pouch in his two-layered underwear.

The items recovered include two one-kg gold biscuits, three ten-tola gold bars and three rhodium-polished gold chains weighing 970 grams.

The market value of the seized items is about Rs 1.1 crore. “During interrogation, Rasheed, who has been working as a carrier, has given us a few crucial details about his operators. We are verifying the information,” deputy commissioner, customs, G Shiril Saroj told TOI.

Rasheed was arrested and produced in court, which remanded him in judicial custody.