crore was seized from three passengers who arrived at the
Mangaluru airport from different gulf nations, customs
officials said on Saturday.
The yellow metal was confiscated in three separate
incidents, a customs release here said.
In one incident on Friday, the officials intercepted two
passengers hailing from Kasaragod in Kerala, for smuggling
gold in paste form into the country.
While one had arrived here from Sharjah in the late hours
of Thursday, the other had disembarked from an Air India
flight from Dubai.
The two tried to smuggle gold by concealing in the press
buttons of jeans shirts and gold chains concealed in shoes
worn by one of them.
Gold of net weight 576 gm valued at Rs 26 lakh was
Further investigation is under progress.
The operation was led by deputy commissioner Praveen
In the incident on Saturday, the officials intercepted a
person from Ullal. He came by an Air India flight from Dubai
from where he tried to smuggle gold by concealing in a
specially designed inner garment, jeans trouser and knee pads.
Gold of net weight 1.993 kg valued at Rs 92.27 lakh was
The operation was led by deputy commissioner Avinash
Kiran Rongali IRS.
Further investigation is under progress, it said. PTI MVG