Gold hid­den in rec­tums

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI: Gold smug­glers are re­sort­ing to in­creas­ingly des­per­ate mea­sures to get the metal past cus­toms, Indian of­fi­cials say, after nearly a dozen peo­ple were caught with bul­lion stashed in their rec­tums. In­dia is the world’s sec­ond-largest con­sumer of gold and smug­gling has been in­creas­ing since du­ties were raised on the pre­cious metal, an es­sen­tial part of re­li­gious fes­ti­vals and wed­dings. Cus­toms of­fi­cials act­ing on a tip-off Sun­day de­tained a group of crafty gold mules as their plane from Sri Lanka touched down in the south­ern city of Madu­rai. “Eleven pas­sen­gers had con­cealed some 32 to 50 grams each in their rec­tums. An­other 17 had hid­den gold in their lug­gage,” a se­nior Direc­torate of Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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