The gold bars weighing nearly 400g were found in the stomach of the 63-year-old man, who told doctors that he had swallowed a bottle cap after a fight with his wife. The gold has been confiscated by the police and custom officials who also questioned the man.
"This is the first time I have recovered gold from the stomach of a patient. I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable," Dr CS Ramachandran, a senior surgeon at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital told the BBC."It was a tedious three-hour-long operation. He is an old patient and we had to be careful. We found 12 gold bars lying in a stack in his stomach."
Smuggling of gold has become common in India, which is the world's largest consumer of gold, after a rise in duty on imports this year.