Kolkata Airport: More than 11 kg of 140 grams of gold has been seized at the Kolkata International Airport in the last one and a half months. Several people have been arrested by the customs department on charges of smuggling.
Gold recovered at Kolkata airport
Calcutta: Over 11 kg of 140 grams of gold has been seized at the Kolkata International Airport in the last one and a half months. Several people have been arrested by the customs department on charges of smuggling. Most of the recovered gold is gold biscuits, gold coins or gold leaf. Has Kolkata International Airport become a safe corridor for gold smuggling? But the list of gold recovered from August raises this question.
Passengers can carry a certain amount of jewelery gold through the airport. In case of male passengers, 100 grams of gold ornaments are exempted. Newlyweds and women can drop 100 to 200 grams of gold jewelry. If more than this amount of gold jewelry is to be moved from one country to another, the authorities have to give a declaration with appropriate documents of the jewelry. Where was that jewelry purchased from? A mature bill has to be submitted for the purchase of jewellery. It is illegal to carry gold biscuits, gold coins, gold leaf except gold jewellery. In that case, if the market value of the gold is more than 25 lakhs, then the customs department arrests the passengers carrying the gold. If they bring gold worth less than 25 lakh rupees, the gold is confiscated but the passengers are released.
From early August to mid-September, more than 11 kg of gold was recovered at the Kolkata airport. On September 18, gold was recovered from an Indian national and a Sudanese woman. They were also arrested. An Indian national named Mukesh Aggarwal landed at Kolkata airport on an Indigo flight from Singapore. 1 kg 47 grams of gold was recovered from him. Its market value is 52 lakh 14 thousand 640 taka. On the same day, a woman named Lomis Abdelrazeg Sharif Abubakar, a citizen of Sudan, arrived in Kolkata from Dubai on a Fly Emirates flight. One kilogram of 930 grams of gold was recovered from the woman’s underwear and private parts. Its market value is 96 lakh 12 thousand 446 taka.
On August 26, an Indian named Tanveer arrived at the Kolkata airport from Mumbai hiding gold inside his shoes. He had 1 kg 466 grams of gold. The price of which is 77 lakh 21 thousand 280 rupees in Indian currency. Gold was recovered in India on Independence Day as well. An Indian named Ibrahim Badshah returned to Calcutta from Dubai. He came wearing a gold chain weighing 233.40 grams. On August 13, two days before Independence Day, an Indian named Fuzel Karim came to Kolkata from Dubai. About 1.206 kg of gold leaf was hidden in the coffee box, small heater. Its market value is 82 lakh 119 taka. Earlier on August 2, 504.74 grams of gold was recovered from four pilgrims returning for Hajj.