x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Woman abuses customs staff over gold find

Emirati stopped at Mumbai International Airport threw jewellery at officials and demanded consular assistance, according to reports from India

DUBAI // A woman questioned about gold and mobile phones she was carrying at Mumbai International Airport hurled abuse and threw her jewellery at customs officials, according to media reports in India.

The woman, who has not been named, is reported to have become angry after she was confronted by customs on Thursday morning. The UAE national, who is believed to be 50 years old, threatened to commit suicide and demanded that the UAE consulate intervene.

Indian police were called and at one point customs officers considered arresting the woman, Indian media reported.

“She said she would consume all her sleeping pills if not let off soon,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying.

The woman also said her grandson was unwell and customs officials would be responsible if anything happened to the child.

Airport officials called a doctor when they became concerned for the child’s welfare.

According to reports, the woman then lay on the ground and refused to move or sign any papers until UAE consular officials were called.

Customs staff filed a report describing her non-co-operation and seized her goods. She was eventually escorted off the airport premises by members of the UAE consulate.

nhanif@thenational.ae