Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gold seized at Trivandrum International airport

Thiruvananthapuram: The Air intelligence unit of Trivandrum International Airport on Saturday foiled a gold smuggling attempt with the seizure of gold biscuits weighing 1.93 kg valued around Rs 60 lakh. 17 gold biscuits were seized from the socks of two passengers hailing from Alappuzha. They have been arrested and the investigation is on to find out the source of the consignment, officials said. According to customs officers, it is one of the major gold seizures in recent times.

The seizure took place around 3.30 am at the entrance of the airport when the passengers landed from Muscat in Jet Airways. When they tried to cross the door frame which is sensitive to metals, the alarm sounded and the officers stationed at the spot detained them. Subsequently, the customs took them into custody and recovered the gold in the form of biscuits concealed in the socks.

One man had   9 biscuits concealed while the other had 8 biscuits. Upon interrogation, they revealed they were just carriers.

The officers did not reveal the identity of the accused. A case has been registered under the Customs Act 1961 and an investigation is underway, said T S Sanjeev, Intelligence Superintendent. The seizure was led by Pradeep Kumar, Additional Customs Commissioner with the support of  Sanjeev, intelligence superintendents, S Seetharaman and C Gopiraj and Intelligence inspector Sunil.
13/08/17 New Indian Express