Man held with gold paste re­sem­bling exc­reta at IGI

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New Delhi: A man was ar­rested at Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port by the cus­toms de­part­ment for try­ing to smug­gle gold in a paste form that closely re­sem­bled hu­man exc­reta, of­fi­cials said. The man, of­fi­cials said, had con­cealed the paste in a pouch he hid inside his un­der­wear and tried to pass off as the re­sult of an up­set stom­ach.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported on Wed­nes­day when the man, who ar­rived at Ter­mi­nal-3 of the air­port from Doha by flight 6E-1702, alighted from the flight and headed to­wards the green chan­nel. Of­fi­cials said the man was walk­ing in a strange man­ner and his move­ment ap­peared sus­pi­cious. Upon be­ing in­ter­cepted, a thor­ough check was ini­ti­ated by the cus­toms de­part­ment, in­clud­ing of his bag­gage.

“A strange pouch was found in his un­der­wear dur­ing a scan and upon tak­ing it out, the man tried to make ex­cuses. The paste re­sem­bled hu­man exc­reta but had no par­tic­u­lar odour. We recog­nised it as gold in a paste form im­me­di­ately and sent the con­tents to be melted and turned into a gold bar for weigh­ing pur­poses,” said a cus­toms official.

The de­part­ment said gold is usu­ally car­ried in a paste form to avoid de­tec­tion, par­tic­u­larly through metal de­tec­tors. “Gold bars can be caught by them but the paste can­not. It is also eas­ier to carry and con­ceal it,” said the official.

The cus­toms de­part­ment melted the paste and so­lid­i­fied it into a gold bar and of­fi­cials said it weighed around 840 grams. “The gold has a tar­iff value of Rs 29,03,028. It was seized and the pas­sen­ger was ar­rested,” said the official.

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