Hyderabad: The city unit of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) detained a passenger at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad and seized 1,398.31g of gold worth over Rs 46.2 lakh.
Officials said the passenger arrived by Oman airlines flight WY0231 from Muscat to Hyderabad. On examination, it was found that the passenger was carrying black cloth belt tied around his waist, which had a package containing paste weighing 1,850g.
On further examination, it turned out to be having a gold content of 1,398.31g. Inquiries revealed that the passenger was entrusted with the job of carrying the gold in paste form at the request of his friend to be delivered outside the RGIA to an associate.
The paste was tied to his waist to avoid customs checks at the international airport. In a similar operation on Wednesday, the DRI officials intercepted a passenger who arrived by flight WY235 from Muscat to Hyderabad.
After checking him, officials found that the passenger was found carrying gold in paste form weighing 900g, which on further examination turned out to be having a gold content of 738g worth Rs 24.5 lakh.
The passengers admitted that the gold was smuggled into the country, and they did not have any documents to prove licit purchase/import of the gold. The smuggled gold has been seized under Customs Act, 1962.