Press Esc to close

Passenger smuggling in gold dozes off, caught with 5 kg bars

Kochi, Aug 29, 2013, (PTI): 12:28 IST
File photo.
Five kg of gold bars, valued at Rs 1.40 crore, were seized from a passenger who arrived here from Sharjah by the customs officials.

The passenger, Vafsamaraikyar Habeer of Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, who had kept the gold bars in his laptop bag when he embarked the flight, had planned to tape the gold bars on his leg inside the toilet just before the flight landed at Kochi.

However, his plans went haywire as he dozed off and woke up after the flight reached Kochi airport at 0520 AM yesterday and the passengers had started disembarking, customs sources said.

The flight was to leave on its domestic leg for Chennai and the man then hid the bars under the seat using adhesive tapes to stick them. It is suspected that the accused must have passed on the seat number to the consignor who had entrusted him the gold bars.

Customs officials suspect that the plan was that the gold bars would be taken out after the flight reached Chennai when the passengers are not screened. However, a fellow passenger is said to have tipped-off the customs officials who conducted a search and made the seizure.

The passenger, who was arrested before he left Kochi airport, was booked under the Customs Act, 1962.

Customs officials claimed it to be the biggest haul from a single passenger in Kerala.
Earlier, customs officials had seized 18 kg of gold bars worth over Rs 4 crore on different occasions from the airport.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop at Barasat in North 24...

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop at Barasat in North 24...

A view of the Kedarnath temple amid heavy snowfall, in Uttarakhund's Rudraprayag district ...

A view of the Kedarnath temple amid heavy snowfall, in Uttarakhund's Rudraprayag district ...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as he returns from Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as he returns from Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district...

A man swims in the waters of the Arabian Sea amidst a flock of seagulls in Mumbai, India...

A man swims in the waters of the Arabian Sea amidst a flock of seagulls in Mumbai, India...

Painter Jagjot Singh Rubal makes a painting of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka...

Painter Jagjot Singh Rubal makes a painting of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka...

Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Tuesday...

Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Tuesday...

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls during a practice session on the eve of the second ODI cricket...

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls during a practice session on the eve of the second ODI cricket...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Kataiya village during his 'Samiksha Yatra' to inspect...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Kataiya village during his 'Samiksha Yatra' to inspect...

The ugraded Hubballi Airport, which was inaugurated on Tuesday...

The ugraded Hubballi Airport, which was inaugurated on Tuesday...

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with his actress wife Anushka Sharma during their wedding...

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with his actress wife Anushka Sharma during their wedding...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.