A passenger who arrived at the Kochi international airport from Dubai by an early morning Air India Express flight on Friday had to pay Rs 2.87 lakh on finding that he was carrying one-kg gold bar in his trouser pocket.
Ashraf, a native of Muvattupuzha, passed through the newly fixed door frame metal detector, and the alarm went off putting the Customs officials on alert. It was reported that following the alarm, Ashraf walked over to the Customs counter and informed that he was carrying a gold bar with him.
According to the Customs officials, the gold bar costs more than Rs 28 lakh in the open market. No further action was required as he paid the duty. He took the gold bar with him, said the officials.