Mangaluru: Customs seize over 21 kg gold in three-and-a-half months

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Apr 20: There has been a steep increase in the quantum of gold being smuggled into the country from abroad, particularly Dubai. This has been indicated by the quantum of gold seized by the customs officials at the airport here during the recent months.

After the flight services resumed post lockdown period, inward flow of gold through illegal means has been rising. Compared to earlier years, the number of gold smuggling cases detected here has been the highest. Between January 2021 and April 19, gold weighing over 21 kg worth more than ten crore rupees was taken into custody.

In January this year, 5.92 kg of gold worth three crore rupees in eight cases, 4.94 kg gold worth Rs 3.2 crore in 15 cases during February, and 6.94 kg gold worthy Rs .3.2 crore during March were recovered. During these three months, 17.8 kg of gold worth Rs 8.592 crore in 35 cases were recovered. So far, in April, about 4 kg gold worth Rs 2.15 crore in five cases have been recovered.

Most of those who were caught smuggling gold were from Kerala, Bhatkal, and the other parts of Uttara Kannada district.

The customs officials have no clue why there has been such an alarming increase in the illegal gold smuggling. Some sources guess that more cases are caught as the customs officials have been strict in checking now. The second reason is that those who are returning home after failing to get a job in the Gulf, are being used by smugglers to send gold. Some others take the risk of smuggling gold by taking a risk for the first time, and get caught.







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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Kerala would become poor sooner. Thanks to Adani

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  • Paul dsouza, balakunje

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    How about Neerav modi, VIJAY Mallya and others looted public tax money...? Do they bring back to recover national loot...?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    " Atmanirbhar " in the art of anti national activities....

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Since its caught in our Mangalur airport, we ladies of Mangaluru, request our govt to give each one of us one golden chain and ear rings from the collected 21 kgs....Please put a mark on the ornaments mangaluru airport....First start distributing in between bajpe....kinnigoly

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  • Rajesh, Manguluru

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    This is their hard earned money and should be used to educate them and help them through Shaadi Bhagya.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Rajesh, since its in the hands of airport authorities, they cant use it. Ok ok let them use...

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Cynthia, in Titanic, there was a very rich woman, who had with her gold and diamond ornaments, priced in Millions.. When Titanic started sinking, the people were given two minutes to collect their belongings. This woman brushing off all her ornaments, took two apples and came out from her suite. Sometimes in life, priceless things become worthless and worthless things become priceless. Anyway, it is your wishful and fond thinking. We know from independence day, no govt ever distributed as you have wished. Forget about the Joneses and let us focus instead in finding joy in our current situation, and living the very best life God has given. Sorry for the lecture.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Santan sir....its not lecture. What you said is very right...thanks...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Cynthia, Kirem - We wouldn't like you to wear Gold which Stinks ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Yes....we will be like "nirabharana sundaris"....without gold.....

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  • Sadiq, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    Benefit goes to Adani and per 60-40 adjustments.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    As far as I heard , the risk is very minimum. Thats why they still continue their family busness of crime. If get caught, if the case is strong, it seems Max 30 days in Jail, but chances of getting bail is high as its a petty crime. Habitual criminals or the ones who dont have to loose anything are ready to take this ride. The Owner will pay penatly and customs charges and release the Gold. the coriour may get about 50K Rupees and 1 way airticket.

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  • BASIL DSOUZA, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 20 2021

    I think out of 10 people only 2-3 people will be caught... That's why even they know they will be caught still smuggle Gold.

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