Mangalore, Oct 31, 2015: Officers of customs at Mangalore International Airport have seized about 0.90 kg gold in the form of foil strips and also foreign currency worth Rs 3.30 lakh from an inbound and outbound passenger respectively. The former was trying to smuggled the gold into the country and the latter was trying to smuggle out the currency.
The gold foil strips were concealed in plastic containers of talcum powder/crayons and in cartons of corn flakes and creams wafers. Gold worth about Rs 23.5 lakh was seized and the passenger from Dubai was arrested on Friday according to the provisions of Customs Act, 1962 read with Baggage Rules, 1998. The accused was produced before Sunil Kumar Singh, principal civil judge (senior division) and CJM who remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days.
In another case, customs officers seized 4400 euros valued at over Rs 3.31 lakh from an outbound passenger to Dubai. The passenger attempted to smuggle the currency out of India without documents, indicating illicit procurement of currency. In all, contraband valued at about Rs 27 lakh was seized from both passengers, Dr M Subramanyam, commissioner, customs said adding further investigation is in progress.