Tuesday, November 26, 2019

DRI seizes gold worth Rs 2 crore in Chennai airport

Chennai: Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and customs on Sunday seized around seven kilograms of gold valued at Rs 2 crore at the Chennai Airport.
Based on specific information that a huge quantity of gold is being smuggled from Colombo by one Mohamed Niyas by Sri Lankan airlines flight UL125, a special team of DRI maintained a special watch at the aerobridge, tarmac and arrival hall area of the Anna International Airport.
As passengers began walking out, they intercepted Mohamed Niyas of S P Pattinam, who flew from Dubai as transit passenger at Colombo, and admitted to having distributed the gold in paste form to 29 passengers on board the flight.
The said 29 passengers were also intercepted and they confessed to have received gold from Niyas.
Around seven kilograms gold worth Rs 2.28 crore (International value) was recovered and seized under the provisions of the Customs Act 1962. One of the 29 passengers was arrested based upon his previous criminal antecedent. The offenders and the seized gold were handed over to the customs sleuths.
26/11/19 Deccan Chronicle
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