Customs officials foil three cases of gold smuggling attempts at Mangalore Airport

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Mangalore, Feb 5: The custom officials foiled three different cases of gold smuggling attempt at Mangalore International Airport on February 4, Tuesday. The gold worth Rs 65.29 lakhs were seized from three cases.

In the first case, the arrested passenger Basheed Choori Abdul Rahiman hailing from Uliyathadka in Kasargod arrived by a Jet Airways flight from Dubai at 5.30 am, was found carrying 13 gold coils weighing 999.650 grams, worth Rs 29,78,957 hidden in an electric hot plate.


While in the second case, passenger Nazar Thekkupuram, a resident of Thekkupuram, Kasaragod in Kerala, arrived by an Air India Express flight at 7.45 am, was possessing gold wires weighing 699.900 grams, valued at Rs 20,85,702 concealed in an aluminum frame of a suitcase.

In the third case, officers seized four circular plates made of gold weighing 491.650 grams and valued at Rs.14,65,117 concealed in two insulated hot cases from  Abdul Sathar, a resident of IX/280, Rahmath Manzil, Kasaragod, who had arrived by Air India Express flight IX814 from Dubai at the 7.45 am.


Arrested Basheed Choori Abdul Rahiman and Nazar Thekkupuram, both from Kasaragod were produced before the Judicial Magistrate.

The search operation is conducted under the supervision of Krishna Kumar Prasad, Asst. Commissioner of Customs, Mangalore International Airport.

Further investigations will he held under the guidance of Commissioner D.Purushotham.

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