Hyderabad: About 3 kg of gold worth Rs. 75 lakhs was seized by Customs officials from a passenger at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.
The officers of Air Intelligence Unit intercepted a passenger who arrived from Dubai by Emirates Airlines Flight EK-528 last evening, a senior Customs officer said today.
"The passenger was carrying a hand bag and opted to pass through the Green Channel by not declaring any dutiable goods. On questioning by the officers about possession of any dutiable/prohibited goods, he denied it and replied in negative," he said.
"Because of the nervous behaviour and suspicious nature of the passenger, the officers conducted a detailed personal search during which they recovered gold bars weighing 3 kgs concealed in the shoes worn by him," he said. The total value of gold bars seized is around Rs. 75 lakhs.
The passenger was interrogated and he "admitted to the offence" following which the perpetrator was placed under arrest, the officer said without revealing the passenger's identity. Further investigation is on.