Bengaluru: Another flyer lands at Kempegowda International Airport with gold screws fitted to bag | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In what appears to be a new modus operandi in smuggling, another flyer was caught with gold that was camouflaged as screws and rods fitted to a laptop bag and a suitcase at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).
The passenger had arrived from Dubai in Air India flight IX 1246 on Wednesday evening and the value of the gold is Rs 5 lakh, sources at the Bangalore Customs said.

After passenger profiling, the sleuths zeroed in on the 30-year-old from Chikkamagaluru who had travelled to the Gulf from Mumbai on February 20.

As he couldn’t give convincing reasons for his short trip, the team scanned his baggage and gadgets.
His laptop had a strip coated in copper and his luggage had 23 screws fitted to it. They were made of solid gold and coated with copper to avoid detection at the airport.
There were two copper-coloured gold rings too. In all, they weighed 150.5gm.
First case reported previous day


The Wednesday’s case is similar to the one on Tuesday where a 42-year-old man from Karwar landed in KIA from Dubai with a trolley bag fitted with 42 screws and four rods, all made of solid gold but coated in rhodium. The seized gold was worth Rs 17.14 lakh.

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Sagar Biswas

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