NEW DELHI – Officials say cleaners found a stash of 24 gold bars worth more than $1.1 million hidden in an airplane lavatory after a flight from Bangkok landed in eastern India.
Customs official Mona Priyadarshini said Wednesday the flight had landed in Kolkata and was being cleaned before a scheduled flight to Patna when the cleaners found two bags holding the gold.
Priyadarshini said the gold bars weighed around 1 kilogram each. Customs officials confiscated the stash and are investigating.
India is one of the world’s biggest consumers of gold. The government increased the gold import duty recently, which officials say has encouraged smuggling.