The custom officers sized about 10 kg of gold worth over Rs 2.5 crore being smuggled at Indra Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi.
Three men were arrested. The arrested men included a lawyer, a chartered accountant and a foreigner.
In the first incident, customs officials recovered over four kg of gold from a dustbin kept in the toilet of a Qatar airways plane. The recovered gold valued about Rs 1.09 crore, the official said Vinayak Azaad, Additional Commissioner of Customs at the airport. .
In another case, two men from Delhi – a lawyer and a chartered accountant, were caught carrying 740 grams and 2.635 kilograms of illegal gold, hidden in rods and couplings of trolley bags, the official said. .
In third instance, a Turkish passenger has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle in 2.6 kg of gold by hiding
the gold in belt buckles and wheels of trolley bag.
The Turkish passenger and the CA have been arrested while the customs authorities are trying to find out the owner of the gold recovered from the toilet dustbin of Qatar airways plane.
In all these cases, about 10 kg of gold worth Rs 2.64 crore has been seized.
It is one of the bigeest seizures of the yellow metal in recent times.