Sri Lankan held at airport with five gold biscuits
Mumbai, Mar 12 : A Sri Lankan national was found with five gold biscuits worth Rs 15 lakh, concealed up his rectum, at the Sahar international Airport here.
The man was caught yesterday, trying to smuggle the gold from Dubai to Mumbai. AIU officers said each gold biscuit was wrapped in carbon paper, sealed with adhesive tape and covered in cosmetic cream.
Abdul Rehman Jaljahan, 35, a resident of Colombo, was arrested after he arrived from Dubai on an Emirates flight at 0830 hrs. He was stopped after he crossed the green channel at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, as the AIU found his movements suspicious.
The officers brought a hand-held metal detector, which beeped while it was moved along Jaljahan's back, following which they questioned him.
During questioning, he admitted to concealing the gold in his rectum. The AIU team took him to a toilet along with some independent witnesses where Jaljahan ejected the gold biscuits.
He told officers he had inserted the gold biscuits in his rectum in Dubai before taking the flight and did not consume anything after that. He was to sell the gold to a man at Mohamed Ali Road and make a profit of Rs 50,000. Officers, however, said Jaljahan tried to smuggle in the gold to evade the 36 per cent duty levied on such items.
A check of his passport revealed that Jaljahan had made 24 visits abroad last year and 15 in just a little over two months this year. Jaljahan was later released on bail of Rs 2 lakh.