Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Gold worth Rs 98 Lakh seized from passengers at Chennai Airport

Chennai: Chennai Customs officials on Tuesday foiled attempts to smuggle gold from the Chennai International Airport and seized gold, weighing three kg and worth `98 lakh, from four different passengers. 

According to the officials, Masthan Khan, 53,  of Kadappa, who arrived from Kuwait via Goa by Air India flight AI-976,  was intercepted on suspicion at the exit of the Anna International Airport arrival hall.

A search on him led to the seizure of five gold cut bits, five crude gold kadas and assorted jewellery weighing 1.7 kg and worth Rs 55 lakh.

On inquiry, Khan claimed that he had retrieved the gold from the tissue paper compartment in the rear toilet of the flight.
Later, he was arrested.In three other cases, three passengers - Mohammad Fazizd, 26, of Chennai, Sheikh Hussain Ashraf Ali, 33, of Tiruchy, and Ismail Sheikh Dawood, 22, of Sivaganga, who had arrived from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia flight, were intercepted on suspicion.
They were found carrying gold strips weighing 1.25 kg in 11 ceiling fans. The gold was found concealed inside fan motors and hollow rods. During a further search on them, 30 grams of gold bits were recovered from each of them.
17/10/18 New Indian Express
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