In one of the most shocking incident, an Unclaimed Gold worth 1.76 crores seized from Qatar Airways plane Toilet after the plane landed at Goa airport. This is not the first incident of a seizer of gold from Goa Airport. The customs officers seem to have their lady luck working very strong. The approximate weight of the gold is said to be around 7KG. Read the complete report here.
According to the PTI news agency, seven-kilogram gold worth around 1.76 crores was seized by the custom officer sleuths at Goa airport on Wednesday. According to the sources, the gold was abandoned by the unknown person (carrier) in a toilet of Qatar Airways plane.
According to the information given by the Commissioner of Customs, today in their routine search operation they have found the abandoned gold in a Qatar Airways plane toilet. “When the Qatar Airways aircraft landed at Goa airport, it was searched today, the Air Intelligence Wing found one duty-free plastic bag in the dustbin of the rear left toilet of the aircraft,” Commissioner of Customs, Goa division, K Anpazhakan told reporters.
“An inquiry was made with crew members of the aircraft which had arrived from Qatar. They informed that they were not aware of the owner of the bag,” he added. Subsequent to this incident the bag was taken to the main international arrival hall where it was opened in front of all the officers present and it was found to be carrying jewelry weighing 7.124 kgs.
Although the Commissioner declined to disclose the value of the jewelry saying that “The correct value of jewelry would be known only after an approved valuer is approached. Inquiries were made with the arrival passengers but no one had any knowledge about it,” the Commissioner said.
The commissioner also claimed that this is their second seizer in a weeks time, the first one was almost one week back. “Another seizure of two kilograms of unclaimed gold bars was made by officers in the same flight on April 24. The bars were hidden inside the pouch in the life jacket which was attached below a passenger’s seat,” he said.
This has become a regular affair for the customs officers as they keep getting the opportunities of seizers on a regular basis. This incident makes one thing very clear and that the estimated value of the gold that comes in the state is much more than what is getting caught now and then.