Mangaluru International Airport records highest gold smuggling in 2.5 months

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Mar 16: Smuggling of gold has increased considerably through the international airport in the city as the price of yellow metal is skyrocketing in the international market.

In the first two and a half months itself, a record of Rs 7 crore worth of gold is confiscated. Most of the gold is smuggled in from Dubai. Most of the offenders belong to Kerala and Bhatkal. Gold is being smuggled by hiding it in electronic and other goods, in powder or paste form, by inserting it in belts, socks, underwear, private parts or rectums.

As Mangaluru is near Kerala, it is more convenient for the smugglers to transport the gold through this airport. In Kerala, gold smuggling 10 times more than that in Mangaluru International Airport is taking place.

Mangaluru International Airport (file photo)

In the month of January gold worth Rs 3 crore was confiscated. In February the figure was Rs 2 crore and in the month of March gold worth Rs 2.15 crore was confiscated from passengers. On March 1, gold worth Rs 5.52 lac, on March 2, 350 grams of gold worth Rs 16.52 lac, on March 4, 238 grams of gold worth Rs 11 lac, on March 11 2.41 kg of gold worth Rs 1.10 crore, which was hidden in the underwear, sanitary pad and in paste form in socks and on March 13, 737 grams of gold worth Rs 33.75 lac is confiscated by the customs officials of Mangaluru International Airport.

Most of the offenders are professional smugglers. They get caught once in 10 or 12 times. After they get released, they continue the same illegal trade. There are incidents where the customs officials and personnel also have joined hands with the smugglers. However, recently many who are caught were doing the illegal act for the first time. Packets of gold are handed over to these smugglers outside the airport in Dubai itself and if it is handed over to the concerned party in India these carriers are paid Rs 30 to 40,000. They hand over the gold to the person who will be waiting outside the airport. If caught there is an arrangement to get them released also.

Though metal detectors and scanners are installed at the airport, carriers have become intelligent and carry them in powder and paste form which cannot be traced in scanning. They hide the gold in bag buttons, hooks, the strap of the suitcase and capsules. These are painted like steel and difficult to make out for bare eyes. However, a senior official says that they catch the culprit mostly from their facial appearance.

The main reason for smuggling is that the rate of gold in India is more than in overseas countries. There is a difference of around Rs 5 to 6 lac per kg of gold that is bought in gulf countries to that of India. Moreover, the quality of gold available in gulf countries is much better than the one available in India. Gold traders in India buy this smuggled gold and make ornaments as per the demand of their customers.




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  • Rakesh, Manguluru

    Wed, Mar 17 2021

    I can not believe “ if caught there is an arrangement to get them released also”. How can it be possible? This story will spoil the name of the Manguluru airport and the customs. These innocents are just carriers. There is a mafia behind this gold smuggling . Customs, police and politicians are least bothered to catch this group when they can get the names of the main culprits.

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    Thank you, ADANi! Adanis & Ambanis help India to prosper well-rounded.

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  • rahulbaba, Mulky

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    Shows that, the customs and intelligence department has been very active.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    Actually gold prices have fallen down by 20% this year!!

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    As long as people are stupid who are unaware of the high density metal detectors this will continue.....unless one has a connection with the custom officers chief.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    Do not forget to mention, the common factor among these smugglers is that,... all are ... Sorry no prize for guessing.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    Dear passengers of Mangaluru airport, please read this news and imprint in your hearts and brains. Please dont make our mangalur still more proud by smuggling more and more gold.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    proximity to Kasaragod helped...

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Tue, Mar 16 2021

    The syndicates who are the real masterminds behind the smuggling of gold, foreign currency, have to be identified, isolated n prosecuted. They have successfully being using even diplomatic baggages, which are not scrutinized.... These carriers are fully aware that they are violating the laws of our nation, yet they brazenly take up such antinationals activities !!!!

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