Punjab man who tried to smuggle gold as airport trolley panel held


New Delhi, December 16

A man attempting to smuggle in a gold plate disguised as a metal panel on an airport luggage trolley has been arrested two days after he gave Customs officials the slip, officials said on Wednesday.

The man from Punjab was intercepted by Customs officials at Delhi’s international airport on Sunday when he was returning from Dubai but managed to give them the slip.

He was trying to smuggle a gold plate, weighing 1.5 kg and worth about Rs 75 lakh, which was coloured silver and stuck with adhesive tape to a luggage trolley, officials said.

The man was arrested on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Office of the Commissioner of Customs (Airport and General), Terminal-3, Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, here. Details of arrest were not immediately available.

“He had admitted that he had carried one silver coloured metal plate (panel) suspected to be made of gold weighing 1.5 kg which was attached ingeniously to the airport luggage trolley by two sides with adhesive tape and was concealed by pasting a sticker similar to the sticker used to be pasted on the regular luggage trolley at airport in order to avoid detection,” it said.

The statement, dated December 15, did not mention that the accused had run away from the custody of the Customs officials.

The passenger was arrested and the gold plate worth Rs 74.78 lakh was seized, said the statement issued by Jyotiraditya, Joint Commissioner of Customs at the IGI airport. PTI



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