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Gold bars worth Rs 35 lakh seized from city airport, 2 detained

Bhubaneswar: A day after Custom sleuths seized gold bars from two passengers worth Rs 12 lakh at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here, at least 15 gold bars weighing 1143.78 grams were found from two passengers on the wee hours of Thursday.

The gold bars were valued at Rs 34,90,816, a statement released by Custom office said.

Meanwhile, the two smugglers are being interrogated by the officials now.

According to reports, when the two passengers arrived from Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur from Dubai by Air Asia flight AK 31 today, the Air Intelligence Unit of Customs officials intercepted them due to their suspicious activities.

After searching the duo, the Custom sleuths recovered the passengers had hidden the gold bars in their rectum, reports added.

Notably, the customs officials have seized 378.370 grams of gold bars and rings worth Rs 12,01,323 from two passengers on Wednesday at the airport.

The two persons were identified as the residents of Thane in Maharashtra and they had arrived in Bhubaneswar in an AirAsia flight from Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur.

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