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Fliers held with six gold bars

Two fliers arrested at Calcutta airport on Wednesday for allegedly bringing from Bangkok gold bars, weighing 1.5kg and worth Rs 50 lakh, concealed under their trolley bags.

Delhi residents Kamrudiin, 50, and Sabir Ahmed, 30, flew a private airline to Calcutta and were carrying black trolley bags. Customs officials caught them after the duo cleared immigration and were walking towards the exit.

“They were carrying three gold bars apiece hidden under the trolley bags. The bars were stuck under the bags in such a way that detection was quite difficult,” an official said.

The officials had information about two fliers trying to smuggle gold. They zeroed in on the duo as the description matched their appearance.

Customs officials at Calcutta airport had confiscated nearly 35kg of smuggled gold worth about Rs 11 crore over the past month. They said there has been a spurt in gold seizures at the airport since October.

The biggest haul was on November 20 when 24kg of the prized yellow metal was recovered from the toilet of a Jet Airways flight. Maintenance staff found two leather pouches containing 12 gold bars apiece hidden inside the aircraft waiting at the airport’s parking bay. The value of the seized gold was Rs 7.36 crore.

Robber arrested

A man was arrested from Cossipore Road early on Wednesday for allegedly robbing at gunpoint an electrician on KC Road.

Police said Sheikh Salim, 27, and three accomplices pointed a gun at Dinesh Kumar Biswas, 56, while he was laying electric cables and took away his wallet that contained Rs 15,000 and some documents. Salim was picked up around 3.15am. Two bullets, Rs 2,500 and the papers were seized.