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Four arrested on charge of smuggling gold

Customs officials at Kempegowda International Airport arrested four people including a South Korean national, for smuggling gold, and recovered 2 kg of gold valued at ₹61 lakh.

Harsh Vardhan Umre, Additional Commissioner of Customs, said they had adopted various means to smuggle the gold such as concealing it in air pump that was checked in as baggage, in foil used to wrap chocolates, and also mixing the metal with mud and paste in attempt to evade detection.

A passenger named Saifulla Shaik, who resides in Kadapa, arrived at KIAL from Bahrain on Tuesday. While scanning her check-in baggage, officials observed dark images that they could not identify. Further examination revealed that it was a high pressure foot pump, the kind used to fill air in tyres. When they opened the pump, they found gold pieces, approximately 874.53 gms valued at ₹27.03 lakh.

In another case, South Korean national Hyunho Jung, 43, arrived here from Hong Kong on Tuesday and was arrested for carrying 514.67 gms worth ₹15.98 lakh. The gold was disguised as foil wrapped around chocolates. Officials said it was not common for a South Korean national to be caught smuggling gold here.

The third accused is Shiva Kumar, 29, from Nakkalapalli, A.P, who flew into KIAL from Dubai. He was found carrying 298.39 grams of gold in his hand baggage.

The fourth person arrested has been identified as Salmanu Farsi, 23, from Kerala who had flown in from Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. Salmanu was found carrying gold paste mixed with chemicals, concealed in his shoes. The paste was wrapped in a bandage around his ankle, said officials.

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