16/01/2017 9:49 AM IST | Updated 16/01/2017 10:49 AM IST

Mumbai Man Held At Hyderabad Airport For Trying To Smuggle Gold Bars In His Rectum

The estimated value of the items is ₹34.46 lakhs.

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A man was held at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport trying to walk out of the Green Channel with six gold bars of internal origin inserted into his rectum.

According to The Asian Age, Thawani Vijay Gul, who flew on Air India's AI 966 flight, which takes off from Jeddah to Mumbai via Hyderabad, is a frequent smuggler. A resident of Ulhasnagar, Mumbai, he had made 18 visits to Jeddah since September 2016, four of which were this month.

Claiming to have nothing to declare at the customs, he tried to walk out of the airport, but officials found his gait nervous and odd. On frisking him, they recovered the six gold bars, weighing 1.19 kg, which he had inserted into his rectum shortly before he reached the Green Channel. He intended to take remove them as soon as he was out of the airport. The net value of the gold in the international bullion market is estimated to be ₹34.46 lakhs.

Gul has been detained for questioning and a case has been booked against him.

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