Bhubaneswar: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Customs on Monday seized smuggled gold worth Rs 5.5 lakh from a passenger at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here. The gold seizure was reported after a lull of one month.
The passenger, who hails from Ramnathpuram in Tamil Nadu, had arrived from Kuala Lumpur this morning. He has been detained for further questioning, said an official.
The smuggled gold bars weighing around 170 grams, valued at Rs 5.5 lakh was found from the passenger’s rectum, the official added.
It is worth mentioning here that the Customs had seized smuggled gold worth Rs 10 lakh from two Kuala Lumpur passengers, who had hidden it in the wheel of the luggage trolley on August 31. Prior to that, illegal gold worth Rs 31 lakh was seized from two passengers coming from Bangkok and Dubai in June 21.
In most of the cases, the smuggled yellow metal bars were found hidden in the rectum of the passengers. The smuggled gold was also found in the form of chain and kadas.