gold smuggler

There has been an uptick in smuggling gold from Dubai to India. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS file photo)

CHANDIGARH — Customs officials at the Chandigarh International Airport March 8 recovered a gold bar worth over Rs 5.6 lakh from the rectum of a passenger landing here from Dubai.

The passenger, who belongs to Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, was smuggling the bullion concealed in his rectum.

The officials got suspicious of the passenger as he was walking awkwardly while trying to go through the green channel of the Customs here.

He had arrived by the Dubai-Chandigarh Indigo flight.

The gold bar was over 180 grams and worth nearly Rs. 5.6 lakh, officials said.

The passenger was taken into custody and being questioned about the smuggling racket.

Two days earlier, Customs officials recovered gold worth Rs. 25 lakh from two women passengers who had also hidden it in their rectum. They had also arrived from Dubai.

Officials have made several seizures of gold being smuggled into the country through the Dubai-Chandigarh sector flights in the past less than two years.

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