Gold bars worth around Rs 50 lakh, foreign currency worth Rs 14 lakh and 1,300 imported cell phones valued at Rs 1.5 crore have been seized by airport customs from 14 passengers in Kolkata over the past three days.
On Friday, three gold bars worth Rs 38.6 lakh were confiscated from a passenger who had flown in from Dubai aboard an Emirates flight. The passenger, who hails from Thane, Maharashtra, is being interrogated, said a customs official. In another incident, the customs’ Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized USD 9500 (Rs 6.27 lakh) from a resident of Behala who was travelling to Bangkok by Tashi Airlines.
On Thursday, the AIU intercepted eight passengers at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport who were carrying 1,300 cell phones of various foreign brands worth Rs 1.5 crore. They all had flown in from Bangkok by Bhutan Airways.
On the same day, a male passenger who hails from Faridabad, Haryana, was intercepted on his way to Bangkok. On completion of immigration formalities, he was moving towards the security check when a customs official asked him whether he was carrying any contraband items or foreign currency. Though he refused, his suspicious behavior prompted the officer to check his luggage. In his bag, the officer found SAR (Saudi Arabian Riyal) 45,000 (Rs 7.6 lakh), which was seized under the Customs Act, 1962.
On the same day, AIU seized two gold bars and a gold chain, cumulatively worth Rs 11.5 lakh, from three passengers, hailing from Nashik and Mumbai, who had arrived from Bangkok.
With PTI INPUTS