RGIA experience surge in gold smuggling

Published on April 30, 2015 06:59:59 AM
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has witnessed a rise in gold smuggling and in a majority of cases, the smuggler is only a carrier sent by a syndicate, customs officials of Hyderabad said on Thursday.

During the last financial year 2014-15, attempts were made to smuggle 127.67 kg of gold valued at Rs 31.98 crore through the Hyderabad International Airport at Shamshabad here wherein 125 cases of gold smuggling were registered and 40 persons arrested for smuggling of gold, a release issued here by the office of the Assistance Commissioner of Customs (RGIA Hyderabad) said. 

Regular passengers are being lured to smuggle gold into the country for a paltry sum of Rs 10,000 or 15,000 in addition to airfare, the release stated.