NEW DELHI: About 110kg of gold has been seized from smugglers at the Delhi airport this year, a senior customs official said today.
Though the number of gold smuggling cases registered so far this year by the customs is slightly more than last year’s figure, the quantity of gold seized is 78kg less compared to the total seizure made in 2016, he said.
He attributed the decline in the haul mainly to demonetisation.
Total 114 cases of smuggling have been registered between January and October this year at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the official said.
In these cases, 110kg of gold, valued at about Rs 37 crore, was seized, he said, adding that 62 smugglers were arrested in these cases for their alleged involvement in illegal ferrying of the yellow metal.
In 2016, total 110 cases were registered by the customs, with a whopping 188-kg haul of gold, valued at Rs 48 crore, the official said.
Seventy-nine people were arrested for their alleged involvement in gold smuggling by the customs in 2016, he said.
Gold smuggling has taken a hit due to demonetisation as ‘hawala’ transactions, used to bring the yellow metal into the country, was completely stopped, the official said.