A ‘mysterious’ air passenger from Muscat made a vain bid to smuggle in four kilograms of gold biscuits by hiding them in toilets of an Air India flight that landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) Airport in the wee hours of Saturday. However, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) foiled the attempt and seized the yellow metal.
On a tip-off, the DRI officials searched all passengers aboard the Air India-978 (Muscat-Bangalore via Hyderabad) flight, which was all set for its onward journey, for gold, but they failed to locate the precious metal. As they were scouring the plane, four kg gold was recovered from two rear toilets, with two kg biscuits stashed in each washroom.
The smuggler kept a gold bar on the rear side of commode in a rear toilet, while the other was strapped near toilet paper roll in the other washroom. The DRI officials were making efforts to zero in on the passenger responsible for the act.