Hyderabad: Customs officials seized 442.6 gms of gold worth Rs. 21.70 lakh on Monday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad. The gold was concealed inside a special pocket in the passenger's underwear.

The passenger was traveling from Dubai to Hyderabad on an Emirates flight.

Earlier in the day, Customs officials had seized 970 grams of gold worth Rs. 47.55 lakh at RGIA. The gold was concealed inside the bandages tied to the passenger's legs. The passenger was traveling from Sharjah to Hyderabad on an Air Arabia flight.

On January 4, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Intelligence team at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad seized Saudi Riyals worth Rs. 34.49 lakh from a passenger.

The CISF team checked Mohd Naseer (24) who was scheduled to leave for Sharjah on an Air Arabia flight. The officers found Saudi Riyals worth Rs. 34.49 lakh in Indian currency concealed in his bag. The passenger was handed over to the Customs officials for further investigation.

Recently the cases of gold smuggling have increased from Gulf Countries to Hyderabad. In one of the cases, the Hyderabad Customs seized gold worth Rs. 59.23 lakhs from a passenger who arrived from Dubai on December 27. The man had hidden the gold paste, weighing 1.19 kg, inside the rectum.

Earlier, on December 13, the Customs officials had seized 316.40 gm of gold worth Rs. 15.71 lakh at RGIA. The gold was concealed inside a voltage converter, the Customs sources said. The gold was retrieved from a flight that arrived from Dubai.

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