Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Odisha capital seems to have turned a soft target for gold smugglers as, after a brief lull, a passenger was caught today while carrying the yellow metal from Bangkok.
Sources said, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) of Customs seized five gold biscuits weighing around 355.12 gram from a passenger who arrived here this evening by an Air India flight from Bangkok. He had hid it in his rectum.
The man, who was detained by the Custom officials, was planning to take these gold bars to Kerala via Bhubaneswar, the source added.
According to customs officials, while they were doing the routine checking process, they grew suspicious over the activities of a passenger and following which they intercepted him when he crossed the green channel without declaring any dutiable item. On frisking, it was found that the passenger was hiding the gold biscuits in his rectum.
The name of the passenger is yet to ne known. He has been detained under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is underway.
Notably, many such cases were reported at the airport since the first international flight took off on April 26 last year. On May 4, gold bars worth Rs 9.6 lakh were recovered from a passenger and then, three days after, on May 7, another passenger was caught for carrying multiple gold bars weighing 5.82 kg worth around Rs 1.8 crore. They both were coming from Kuala Lumpur.