The bars of gold seized from a passenger from Dubai.
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DUBAI – Customs officials in India have arrested a passenger from Dubai who was caught with nearly 1kg of gold hidden in his body.
The passenger landed in Kerala’s Kannur airport from Dubai on a GoAir flight, according to authorities.
Customs officials said the man had flattened the gold into thin, elongated bars and inserted these into his body.
The smuggled gold pieces, weighing a total of 972 grams, were extracted from the man.
Officials also said another passenger on the same flight was caught carrying 1.47kg of gold.
In another incident, customs officials seized 86g of gold from a passenger on an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah.
The gold was hidden in the passenger’s underwear and spotted as soon as the passenger landed in Kozhikode.
There have been increasing reports of gold smuggling in India in recent months, mostly by passengers seeking to evade taxes. Gold in India is subject to 18 percent tax. ICA/Expat Media
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