Cleaners make $1 million gold find in airplane lavatory

Canadian Press, The Canadian Press
4 Comments| November 20, 2013


NEW DELHI _ Cleaners found a stash of 24 gold bars worth more than $1.1 million hidden in an airplane lavatory after a flight from Bangkok landed in eastern India, officials said Wednesday.

The Jet Airways flight had landed in Kolkata and was being cleaned before a scheduled flight to Patna when the cleaners found two bags with the gold stashed inside, Customs official Mona Priyadarshini said.

Priyadarshini said the gold bars weighed around 1 kilogram each. Customs officials confiscated the stash and are investigating.

A Reuters report said smuggling is on the rise in India, one of the world’s biggest buyers of gold, after the government raised the import duty to a record 10% and slapped restrictions which have shrivelled supplies on the domestic market.

"There was a bomb scare immediately when the bags were spotted in two separate toilets at round 1 a.m., but later we found they contained 12 pieces of gold bars in each," Additional Commissioner of Customs at the airport, Rameshwar Meena, told Reuters.

"The gold bars are from Dubai for sure. The flight had come from Patna to Calcutta last, but its basic route is Dubai-Mumbai."



 


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Chief_Rocka
1 billion or million? lets check our facts
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AngryBird
Chief Roska-24 bars (1kg) 1kg=32.15 troy ounces x 1250/ ounce=40000 per kilo. so 40,000x24=960K which is about a million.
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hdominguez
Just three zeroes, no big deal. :P
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armchairanalyst
I am sure with India's Super Secure Borders, all smuggling will be apprehended. It has one maybe two more holes in it than Canada. I guess it is the Proximate Countries with Gold buying on the rise will be the new Bell Weather in these matters. Not to mention New Industry as people circumvent Government and their Representatives once again. Whats new in the World.
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