Hyderabad: The Customs officials at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad have booked a case of attempted smuggling against a passenger bound for Sharjah. The passenger was trying to smuggle Oman Riyals worth Rs. 5,17,833.
The officials said further investigation is in progress.
Cases of smuggling of foreign currency and gold have increased at RGIA. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Intelligence team at RGIA seized Saudi Riyals worth Rs. 34.49 lakh from a passenger on 4 January.
The CISF team checked Mohd. Naseer (24) who was to leave for Sharjah on an Air Arabia flight. The officers found Saudi Riyals worth Rs. 34.49 lakh concealed in his bag.
In another case, Customs officials at RGIA seized 1481.10 grams of gold worth Rs. 72.80 lakhs on 12 January from three passengers. In the first case, 991 grams of gold worth Rs. 48.71 lakhs was seized from a female passenger who arrived by flight 6E 8422 from Dubai. The gold was concealed inside her undergarments in a paste form, the Customs official said.
In the second case, 168.5 grams of gold worth Rs. 8.28 lakhs was seized from a female passenger who arrived from Dubai via Kuwait. The gold in paste form was concealed inside the rectum.
In the third case, 321.60 grams of gold worth Rs. 15.81 lakhs were seized from a female passenger who arrived from Dubai. The gold in paste form was concealed inside her undergarments.