Customs officials on Friday arrested three men for smuggling gold worth Rs 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 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.
The gold was detected when the trio was frisked and checked with handheld metal detectors.
Officials said the six pellets recovered from the passengers contained 843 gm of gold of 97.0% purity. They also seized gold chain and rings weighing 71 gm from the accused.
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.
In one instance, a total of 496 gm of gold was found in the rectum of three women. According to officials, the three Tamil-origin woman flying from Colombo in a Sri Lankan Airlines flight were detained after suspicion. Later on detailed examination, it was found that the trio had collectively put gold paste covered with plastic sheaths in their rectum.
The women were hoping to pass through the metal detectors as the metal was in the form of a paste but came under the radar during passenger profiling. When they grew suspicious, customs officials questioned them and later a medical examination proved their suspicion right.
In another instance on the same day, a flier of Andhra Pradesh origin was caught with 200 gm of gold strapped to his body as he reached Bengaluru from Kuwait in an Emirates flight.
In another incident which came to light in December 30, 2018, a total of 4.4 kg of gold worth Rs 1.45 crore concealed in private parts was seized from three persons flying in from Dubai, based on a tip-off.