Shashidharan, a 44-year-old passenger from Dubai, swallowed gold in the form of pellets to avoid detection by airport scanners, and he did make it past customs officials at the Mangalore International Airport on January 31. But his body gave the game away.
From Kerala’s Kanhangad, Shashidharan reportedly ingested 32-35 gold pellets weighing 300gm. As his bowel movements were not regular, the pellets didn’t get expelled as planned and he pumped in laxatives to speed up things. That’s when he started getting excruciating abdominal pain.
At KMC, he explained his predicament to doctors on Wednesday. They promptly called Mangalore South police and the issue was referred to the customs department.
Dr Madhusudan Upadhyay, medical superintendent, KMC Hospital, told TOI: “The patient came with the mass, which according to him are gold pellets, stuck on the left side of the ascending colon. After administering enema and laxatives, the mass has moved to the descending colon”.
Dr Upadhyay said the pellets were apparently clumped together with faeces and had got firmly stuck. He said by Friday the pellets should come out without any intervention. Sources said Shashidharan was a mule transporting the gold for another party, whose name he has not revealed.