April 9, 2021
Police has arrested a man with nearly one kg gold from Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu.
The cop seized nearly 1kg gold from a passenger returning from Dubai on Tuesday night.
SSP Rajesh Nath Bastola, chief of airport security, said 934 grams of gold was recovered from Pragesh Mahara, a passenger on a Fly Dubai flight.
The customs agents and airport police checked Mahara’s luggage after the metal detector had beeped.
Mahara had hidden 884 grams of gold hidden inside a rice cooker.
Mahara, a 35-year-old Dhanusa resident, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Airport Customs Department for investigation.
“It was the biggest gold bust made at the airport after international flights resumed on August 17 last year,” Bastola informed.
Between the fiscal years 2014-15 and 2019-20, authorities have confiscated a total of 619kg of contraband gold, a Nepal Police data show.