Underwear having gold in paste form / Photo: Screengrab from Mathrubhumi News
Kochi (Kerala): The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs department has seized 649.05 grams of gold worth Rs 34 lakhs at Kochi airport, officials said on Wednesday.
On the basis of profiling done by the officers of the Customs AIU batch, a passenger coming from Abu Dhabi to Cochin International Airport by flight 6E-1735 was intercepted at the green channel on Wednesday.
During the subsequent questioning, the customs officials noticed that the passenger was straightening his underwear with his hands through his pants pocket, they said.
"During the examination of the said passenger, grey-coloured trunk underwear weighing 649.05-gram gold in paste form was seized," the customs official said.
The accused has been identified as Akbar, a native of Changaramkulam. Further investigations are going on.
Further investigation is going on in that matter.
As per officials, the Customs department seized 3.340 kg of gold from seven passengers in March this year so far.
On March 11, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs department seized 489 grams of gold worth Rs 21.5 lakhs at Kochi airport, the officials said.
On the basis of profiling done by the officers of Kochi Customs AIU batch and Special Intelligence and Investigation Branch (SIIB), a passenger coming from Sharjah to Kochi Airport was intercepted at the green channel.
"During the examination of the passenger, one rectangular strap containing gold compound weighing 224 grams and one capsule-shaped packet containing gold in paste form weighing 265 grams concealed in the rectum were recovered," the customs official said.
The accused has been identified as Nassar, a native of Valanchery in the Malappuram district.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Kerala Customs department arrested a crew member of Air India Express for smuggling over 1.4 kg of gold at Kochi airport.
A senior Customs official said that a resident of Wayanad, who worked as a cabin crew member of Air India Express airlines was held by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs department at Kerala's Kochi airport on Wednesday.
"The arrested accused was on a Bahrain-Kochi flight. The accused kept the gold wrapped around his hands and covered it under his full sleeves uniform," said a senior customs official.
Air India spokesperson confirmed that a member of the crew on an Air India Express flight IX 474 has been taken into custody following an incident involving smuggling. The said individual has been placed on suspension with immediate effect. ANI