Bhubaneswar: The officials of the Air Intelligence Unit of Customs at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar on Sunday detained two passengers and seized gold weighing 1 kg worth Rs 31, 54, 620 from them.
In the first case, acting on the basis of intelligence and high-alertness, officers of Customs intercepted a passenger of Indian origin, hailing from New Delhi, who arrived from Bangkok by Air India flight A1-339 on Sunday. During the search, the officials recovered god chains from his baggage.
Similarly, the Customs officials grew suspicious over the activities of a passenger from Jagatsinghpur in Odisha who arrived from Dubai by Air India flight AI-077 on Sunday. The search of his personal baggage led to the recovery of kada of foreign origin.
The officials said the collective weight of the seized gold was 1 kg worth Rs 31, 54, 620. This is the fourth and fifth seizure of smuggled gold at Bhubaneswar Airport in last 10 days. Further investigation is in progress, a press release issued by Shashi Bhushan, assistant commissioner of Customs BPI Airport, Bhubaneswar said.