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Abandoned packet containing gold bar triggers bomb scare at IGI Airport

The bar is estimated to be worth Rs 35 lakh

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 13.07.19, 4:18 PM
  • Updated 13.07.19, 4:18 PM
  • a min read
A representational image of a gold bar (iStock)

The Delhi airport witnessed some anxious moments on Saturday after a packet, containing a gold bar, kept unclaimed in a bathroom triggered a bomb scare, officials said.

The officials said that someone had noticed a packet wrapped in black tape in the arrival area of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport’s Terminal 3 and alerted CISF officers around 3.30am.

A bomb detection and disposal team, along with a dog squad, arrived on the spot and declared the packet safe. A 1kg gold bar was recovered from it.

The bar is estimated to be worth Rs 35 lakh, the officials said, adding it was later handed over to the Customs department for further probe.

It is suspected that an incoming passenger could have smuggled the gold bar but developed cold feet fearing that it would be detected by Indian authorities and hence abandoned it, the officials said.