Bhubaneswar: Customs officials at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here on Wednesday seized 34 gold bars from a passenger, who had arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
The officials intercepted a passenger and seized the smuggled gold bars from his possession. The man hailing from Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu had kept the gold bars in a toolbox. The smuggled gold bars, which were recovered during the search of his body and personal baggage, weighed 661.53 grams and were valued at Rs 19.46 lakh.
Out of the 34 smuggled gold bars, 33 were kept concealed inside the handles of 33 pieces of screwdrivers (specially made for the purpose) while one piece of rectangular yellow metal wrapped with black adhesive tapes in a capsule form was recovered from his possession.
The man had arrived from Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia flight AK-31. Further investigation was underway, said the Customs authorities.