Man held with gold paste resembling excreta at IGI
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.