Three men were arrested at Bengaluru airport for smuggling gold worth ₹ 29.30 lakh concealed in their rectum.
Media reports identified the accused as Sharkhan Zahir Hussain, Mohamed Haroon and Ansari Mohammad Ibrahim. The gold was detected when the trio was frisked and checked with handheld metal detectors.
The gold was in the form of a paste in pellets mixed with some other chemicals and insulated with tape. The accused had flown into Bengaluru from Goa on an Air India flight.
Customs recovered six pellets from the passengers contained 843 gm of gold of 97% purity.
Earlier in January, customs officials at the Kempegowda International Airport had caught four passengers returning to the country with a total of 700 gm of gold worth Rs 23.19 lakh.