Dodgy business Plane passenger caught smuggling gold nuggets in backside was trying to dodge taxes
INDIAN airport authorities who spotted a plane passenger walking oddly discovered he had shoved gold nuggets into his rectum to avoid taxes.
The GoAir passenger arrived from Dubai on Tuesday at Kerala’s Kannur Airport, where he tried to avoid paying an 18 per cent tax on his precious nuggets by smuggling them in his anus. The gold which is worth about €51,000 was retrieved by officials at the Air Intelligence Unit.
Another passenger on the flight was caught carrying more than 1.3 kilograms of gold.
On Wednesday, customs agents seized just under a pound of gold from a passenger who landed in another city on an Air Arabia flight from the United Arab Emirates. The gold was hidden in the traveller’s underwear.
Gold smuggling to India via Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, including Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan, increased after August 2013 when the Indian government raised the tariff on gold imports to 10 percent.”
Smuggling can be very profitable, as “smuggling rings make a profit of $ 4,220 to $ 2,600 per kilogram of gold smuggled into India.”
There were no fewer than 196 incidents of gold smuggling during April-August 2020, with 200 people booked for smuggling 103 kg of gold.
While India was struggling for basic amenities such as food and shelter amid the coronavirus pandemic, smuggling of gold and other valuables were being carried out simultaneously.
During July 2020, the customs authorities launched an investigation and seized 30.2 kg of gold and arrested 16 persons after a suspicion of gold consignment in a diplomatic bag addressed to a diplomat of the Consulate General of UAE in Thiruvananthapuram.