Customs struck gold, major smuggling bid thwarted at airport | Chandigarh News

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MOHALI: The customs service So far this year, officials at Chandigarh International Airport have thwarted attempts to smuggle 10.33kg of gold worth about Rs 5.27 billion into the country.
All of these seizures had been made at Chandigarh International Airport by passengers traveling from India Dubai and Sharjah said Vrindaba GohilCustoms Commissioner, Ludhiana.

The gold shipments were hidden in flights in the form of paste, capsules, small gold rings, riveted buttons, biscuits, bangles, bricks, strips and C-shaped bars, officials said.
Gohil said passengers caught with gold could not provide valid documentary evidence supporting the shipment of gold into the country. She said, “We appeal to passengers not to indulge in such illegal activities, otherwise they should be ready to take legal action.”
She said: “Ludhiana Customs staff deployed at Chandigarh International Airport, Mohali, have been vigilant and closely monitoring smuggling activities. All of these cases were cracked based on intelligence inputs and passenger profiles using the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS).”
Customs officials managed to uncover the smuggling of 3,912kg of gold, valued at Rs 1.98 crore, hidden in the form of paste, capsules, small gold rings in riveted buttons and C-shaped clasps, in June and July alone. They discovered five cases in June and two in July.
Two days ago gold weighing 1.8kg and 99.49% purity valued at Rs 91.39 lakh was found hidden under a seat of a Dubai flight.
Gohil said Chandigarh Airport currently has nine weekly flights to and from Dubai and Sharjah.

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