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Surat Airport: A ‘golden Gate’ For Smugglers | Surat News – Times of India

Surat: The customs department revealed that in the last four years, around 20kg of gold was seized at Surat airport, thereby making it a haven for smugglers. The details were sought through an RTI filed by Sanjeev Ezhava, member of the Surat airport action committee. The total worth of the seized gold amounts to around Rs 9.85 crore.
Giving startling details, the department said that 41 cases have been lodged in connection with the case during the same time period. RTI details showed that in 2019-20, 6,799 grams of gold was seized, 282.6 grams was seized in 2021-22, and 8,955 grams in 2023-24. Last year, almost 8,955 grams of gold (8.95kg) was seized from the airport. Till August this year, as much as 4,356 grams gold has been seized.
During 2019-20, 14 cases of smuggling were registered, while in 2021-22, only one case was lodged. Nine cases of gold smuggling have been registered this year. Between 2022 and 2023, the smugglers were caught 17 times. Currently, 13 customs officials are deployed at the airport. “Government should increase vigilance to break smugglers and officials’ nexus,” Ezhava told TOI.tnn
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