Mangaluru, Nov 20, 2014: As per information released, Customs officials at MIA Mangalore International Airport on November 19, Wednesday blew the lid off another modus operandi of gold smuggling and seized gold weighing 1.81kg totally, in two diffrent cases. The gold was valued at near Rs.48.4 lakhs.
In the first case, the officers seized seven gold bars, totally weighing 816.550 grams and valued at Rs.21.72 lakh concealed in inner wear of a lady passenger, named Khairun Gulam Mahamad Shekh, 48, resident of Masjid Chowk Main Road, Sutrapada, Junagadh. She arrived at Mangalore International Airport at 7.45am by Air India Express flight No.IX814 from Dubai.
In another case quite similar, on the same day, the officers seized gold in the form of a gold bar, weighing 1000 grams and valued at Rs.26.60 lakh concealed in inner wear of another lady passenger. She was identified as Mariyomma Ottapokkil, 48, from Kozhikode, Kerala. She arrived at Mangalore International Airport by 8.45am Jet Airways flight No.9W531 from Dubai. Both the lady passengers were later arrested and produced before the Judicial Magistrate. Further investigation in both the cases is progressing , said Krishna Kumar Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Customs (Airport).