Passenger, Air India bus driver held at Lucknow Airport for smuggling gold

Customs officials at Lucknow Airport on Wednesday held two people, including an Air India bus driver, for allegedly smuggling 3,149.280 gram gold worth Rs 1,68,48,648.

According to a senior customs official, the accused reached Lucknow Airport at around 3 a.m. from Muscat.

"On the basis of API analysis and intelligence gathering, the accused was discreetly observed from the flight and intercepted on the basis of suspicious movement. On checking his hand baggage, 27 gold bars wrapped together with red and black tapes were found. The total weight was 3,149.280 grams worth Rs 1,68,48,648," said the official.

The official further said that on the basis of interrogation, an Air India bus driver was also apprehended. The driver divulged that he