700 grams of gold, more than 25,000 pounds seized at Amritsar airport

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 11

The customs officials at Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji International Airport (SGRDI) today recovered 700 grams of gold worth Rs 5.145 million and 25,900 British pound worth Rs 2,691,010.In the first case, customs officials recovered 700 grams of gold biscuits.

Officials said that during a search of IndiGo flight 6E1428 arriving from Sharjah, Customs’ Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) with the assistance of IndiGo officials recovered a parcel containing six gold bars wrapped in grey adhesive tape and a partially wrapped electronic tracking device. The recovery was made from the floor of the lavatory at the front of the aircraft. The gold parcel was hidden under the sink. The net weight of the gold bar is 700 grams. The market value of the recovered gold is Rs 51,45,000, customs officials said. The gold has been seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is underway, officials said.

In the second case, foreign currency was recovered from a passenger by customs officials at SGRDJI airport. Officials said that when the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) conducted an x-ray security screening of the passenger’s baggage, they found suspicious objects resembling currency. The passenger was handed over by the CISF personnel to customs officials. During the inspection of the baggage, foreign currency of different denominations was found. The passenger had departed from SGRDJI airport on Air India flight AI-480 to Delhi and was scheduled to travel to London on flight AI-161 from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. A sum of 25,900 British Pound Sterling equivalent to Rs 26,91,010 in Indian currency was recovered from the passenger. The recovered foreign currency was seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962.

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