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Four held with gold worth over Rs 1.50 cr at airport

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Four people have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold bars valuing over Rs 1.50 crore at the airport here, customs officials said.

The accused were intercepted by customs officials upon their arrival on January 23 from different international and domestic flights-- one from Bangkok and three from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Amritsar respectively.

One of the accused had hidden 600 gms of gold in his mobile while another passenger wad hidden it in his innerwear. Rest were hiding gold in their baggage being carried out by them, the officials said.

The accused were carrying ten gold bars collectively weighing about 6.2 kgs worth Rs 1.57 crore, they said.

All the accused have been arrested and the gold bars have been seized.

A man was arrested on January 19 for allegedly trying to smuggle in the country gold valued at about Rs 32 lakh at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here.

On January 13, three persons were arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle gold valued at about Rs 75 lakh at the airport.

The trio, who hail from Kerala, were intercepted by customs officials upon their arrival from Dubai.

They had concealed three kilograms of gold inside the aluminium strips of their checked-in bags.

On January 7, three persons, including a man and his daughter, were arrested at the airport with gold bars valued at over Rs two crore.

The customs officials had recovered 9 gold bars of one kg each and collectively valued at Rs 2.2 crore from these three passengers, customs officials had said.

Another man was arrested from the airport on January 4 for allegedly trying to smuggle 1.2 kg of gold bars worth about Rs 28.77 lakh.

The accused, a native of Ghaziabad, was intercepted by customs officers after his arrival from Bangkok.

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First Published: Tue, January 28 2014. 17:54 IST