Mangalore, Feb 19: After the innovative ideas used by the gold smugglers, the officers of customs now seize gold concealed in a wrist watch from a passenger at Mangalore International Airport on Feb 19, Wednesday.
The arrested is identified as Muhammed Musthafa Eriyapadi Pallindakukkal, a resident of Kasaragod, arrived by Air India Express flight IX 814 from Dubai at around 7.30 am.
The officers seized one kg gold bar and one circular gold piece coated with silver paint totally weighing 1116.400 gms valued at Rs 34,58,512 from the passenger.
The passenger was arrested and produced before the magistrate.
According to the officials, this was the first time that the officers detected a case wherein gold was concealed in a watch. The watch was found to be in working condition and the gold was moulded to fit perfectly under the dial to make it appear like a normal watch.