Friday, October 30, 2020

Gold worth Rs 3.6 cr seized from fliers

Coimbatore: The directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), Coimbatore unit, seized 6.9kg of gold worth Rs 3.6 crore from six passengers who landed at the city airport from Sharjah in a Vande Bharat Mission flight on October 24.

Based on a tip, DRI officials intercepted six passengers - Sajif, Basha, Naazar, Sahul Hameed, Dharmaraj and Yuvaraj - who had arrived from Sharjah to Coimbatore international airport by Air Arabia flight.

When inquired, officials found each of them carrying gold mixed in paste form and had concealed the same in their clothes and inner garments.

“The gold in paste form was seized and extracted. After processing, 6.9kg of (24 carat) gold worth Rs 3.6 crore was recovered,” deputy director of DRI G Sathish said.

While Sajif is from Kerala. Basha, Naazar and Dharmaraj are residents of Chennai. Sahul Hameed is from Ramanathapuram district while Yuvaraj is from Coimbatore.

“All of them were booked for smuggling gold under the Customs Act. However, they were given conditional bail by the DRI department and advised to appear before the officials for inquiry whenever needed,” an official said.

30/10/20 Times of India

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