Gold smug­glers try­ing new ways to walk past cus­toms!

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LUC­KNOW: Re­cent catches by cus­toms au­thor­i­ties at the Luc­know air­port here have re­vealed that smug­glers are us­ing unique tricks to dodge law en­force­ment agen­cies at in­ter­na­tional air­ports to bring gold from Gulf coun­tries. Cus­toms of­fi­cials ar­rested a Bi­har res­i­dent who was car­ry­ing around 1.25 kg gold con­cealed in the form of metal strips of a trol­ley bag.

LUC­KNOW: Re­cent catches by cus­toms au­thor­i­ties at the Chaud­hary Cha­ran Singh Air­port here have re­vealed that smug­glers are us­ing unique tricks to dodge law en­force­ment agen­cies at air­ports to bring gold from Gulf coun­tries.

Cus­toms of­fi­cials ar­rested a Bi­har res­i­dent, Bhu­pen­dra Ya­dav who was car­ry­ing around 1.25 kg gold worth ₹40 lakh, when he reached Amausi air­port in a flight from Abu Dhabi on Thurs­day. SK Sharma, com­mis­sioner of cus­toms (pre­ven­tive), UP and Ut­tarak­hand, said Ya­dav was con­ceal­ing the gold in the form of metal strips of a trol­ley bag. He was in­ter­cepted dur­ing check­ing of pas­sen­gers and their bag­gage be­fore exit from the air­port.

Sharma said an ar­rest on Wed­nes­day re­vealed an­other trick. A Bara­banki res­i­dent, Abu Bakar, was ar­rested when his bag­gage was un­der­go­ing se­cu­rity check on his ar­rival at the air­port in a flight from Dubai. Bakar was car­ry­ing around 2 kg gold worth ₹61 lakh. The yel­low metal was con­cealed in the form of wiring in­side a vac­uum cleaner, added the of­fi­cer.

He said smug­glers of­ten used such meth­ods to hide gold in their bag­gage. On Oc­to­ber 7, a Delhi res­i­dent Gurmeet Singh was ar­rested at Luc­know for car­ry­ing around 1.25 kg gold worth ₹40 lakh. Com­ing from Abu Dhabi, he was con­ceal­ing the gold in the form of small metal pieces pol­ished as sil­ver metal.

An­other cus­toms of­fi­cial said the two per­sons ar­rested on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day were sus­pected to be car­ri­ers of an in­ter­na­tional smug­gling racket.

Sharma said sev­eral star­tling trends had emerged in 2013 and 2014 when the car­ri­ers con­cealed thin gold bars in their rec­tum af­ter pack­ing them in con­doms.

One Arun Ku­mar was ar­rested at Amausi air­port on Au­gust 27, 2013 for con­ceal­ing around 1.7 kg gold bars worth ₹57 lakh in his body us­ing the same trick.

The of­fi­cial said, “In many cases, the smug­glers mould buck­les out of gold metal with mer­cury pol­ish and use it in belts. In some cases, thin gold wires were smartly con­cealed in the form of bead­ing in lug­gage bags.

Some car­ri­ers con­cealed it in shoe soles while oth­ers in their spe­cial de­signed clothes.” He said one car­rier was caught with smug­gled gold strips con­cealed as bath­room fit­tings on March 4, 2014.

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On Wed­nes­day, a Bara­banki res­i­dent Abu Bakar (in­set) was ar­rested when his bag­gage was un­der­go­ing se­cu­rity check at Luc­know air­port. He was car­ry­ing around 2 kg gold worth ₹61 lakh. The yel­low metal was con­cealed in­side a vac­uum cleaner.

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