Officials of the customs department recovered 16 gold biscuits weighing 1 kg each, hidden in diapers being worn by two infants, at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Monday.
Officials said the gold was recovered when they intercepted six fliers, including two infants, who had arrived from Dubai at 7 am. All six hail from Surat.
Officials said the six were travelling in two groups.
The six were identified at the arrival area after crossing the green channel. On a detailed personal and baggage search, 16 kg gold valued at Rs 4.28 crore was recovered from the diapers of the infants,” said S R Baruah, Commissioner of Customs at the airport.
Baruah added that the passengers could not produce any satisfactory document or explanation with regard to the recovered gold.
Officials said the gold biscuits were seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962. The adults were arrested under Section 104 of the Act.
Senior customs officials said the family had been staying in Dubai for the last 15 years.
“They earned good salaries and said they had savings. Asked about the source of the gold biscuits, they said they had bought it as it was the cheapest source of investment. However, we are investigating further,” an official said.
All travellers will be produced at Patiala House Courts on Tuesday.
Officials called this particular modus operandi to bring gold into the country “unique”.
Asked whether they suspected the gold was in the diapers, an official said they did not initially know where exactly they would find the gold.
However, he added, “We have several risk parameters based on which we profile passengers. We keep data of several travellers over a period of time and keep a check on them whenever they or similar persons travel. Based on it, we track the suspects.”