Friday, February 14, 2020

Gold worth Rs 86 lakh seized at Chennai airport

Chennai: Customs officials seized a total of two kg of gold, worth Rs 86 lakh, from passengers at Chennai international airport on Thursday and Friday. One passenger was arrested.
On Thursday night, the officials intercepted Syed Ansari, 27, of Ramanathapuram, who arrived here from Colombo in a Srilankan Airlines flight (UL 123), Hammed Ibrahim, 21, of Ramanathapuram , who arrived here from Dubai in an Emirates flight (EK 546), and Masthan Gani , 39, of Chennai and Ahmed Basheer, 34, of Ramanathapuram, who arrived from Colombo in an IndiGo flight (6E 1204) .

They recovered eleven bundles of gold paste from their rectums. On extraction, 1.36 kg gold was recovered. One gold cut bit, weighing 48 gram, was recovered from one of them.

A total of 1.417 kg gold, valued at Rs 59.64 lakh, was seized. One of them was arrested.

On Thursday night, Sekar Gundala, 52, of Tirupati, who arrived here from Dubai in an Emirates flight (EK 546), was intercepted and searched. His belt buckle and silver Kada were examined as they appeared to be giving silvery shine. It was found that they were coated with silver powder. When the silver coating was removed, gold was found. A total 240 gram of gold, worth Rs 10 lakh, was recovered.
14/02/20 Siddharth Prabhakar/Times of India
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