Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Man caught smuggling gold at Coimbatore airport

Coimbatore: A 51-year-old man from Kerala was held with nearly one-and-a-half kilogram of gold plates at Coimbatore airport on early Monday morning. Sleuths attached to the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) said P R Divakaran, of Changanacherry near Kottayam in Kerala, tried to smuggle the gold plates worth around Rs 41 lakh in the open market concealed in a woofer box.
This was second gold smuggling case involving a Keralite reported at Coimbatore airport in three days. On Saturday morning, the DRI sleuths had arrested Cholamukath Kareem Sajid, of Malappuram in Kerala and seized from him 1.16 kilogram of gold worth around Rs 35 lakh hidden in his rectum.
On Monday morning, the DRI sleuths arrested Divakaran and seized 1kg and 406gm of gold plates from him. According to them, Divakaran, who runs a bakery in Changanacherry, was a first-time offender.
14/03/17 Times of India