Indian caught with kilo of gold paste in the rectum


India is the second largest consumer of gold in the world, and experts say smuggling has increased in recent years, including converting the precious metal into paste.

The mule was arrested Monday after a security official noticed the “presence of metal in the body cavity” at Imphal airport in northeastern Manipur state.

The man, who was on his way to New Delhi, was questioned but “could not answer satisfactorily,” the Central Industrial Security Force said in a press release.

Officials then took him to the medical examination room where an x-ray of his lower body revealed four capsules filled with gold paste weighing more than 900 grams (1.98 pounds).

The value of the transport is around 4.2 million rupees (about $ 57,000), the statement added.

Demand for gold peaks in the last few months of the year in India as the wedding season kicks off and preparations are made for the major Hindu festivals of Diwali and Dussehra.

Manipur borders Bangladesh which experts say has become a major route for smuggled ingots to India.

Smugglers have become more creative in recent times, with authorities discovering gold bars sewn into clothing or hidden in mouth cavities, and some using wheelchairs to conceal their illicit cargo.

In August, the Indian Gold Policy Center said 300 tons of gold would be smuggled into the country each year, causing huge revenue losses for the government.

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