Hyderabad: Hyderabad GST and Custom officials on Friday intercepted a man at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) for smuggling gold in paste form. Later in the day, they also seized two gold bangles that were decorated with ribbon.

The gold, which was being smuggled from Doha, carried in paste form weighed 366.630 gms and is valued at Rs 15.56 lakh, said customs officials, adding that it was hid in his jeans pant waist band and zipper.

The two gold bangles, weighing 233.200 gms, were being smuggled from Riyadh. They were decorated with ribbon and acrylic stones to make them look like simple bangles. The officials who acted upon intelligence inputs found that the gold was worth Rs. 9.40 lakh.

Both the paste and bangles have been seized under the Customs Act, 1962, said officials.

In October 2019, a Lucknow-based man carried gold in paste form and was supposed to deliver to his sub-ordinate standing outside RGIA. Both of them were arrested by DRI officials.

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