Friday, July 02, 2021

Six held at Coimbatore airport for smuggling six kg gold

Coimbatore: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials arrested six flyers who landed in the city airport with more than 6kg gold, which they were smuggling into the country concealed in trousers and undergarments from Sharjah, in the early hours of Friday. The value of seized gold is pegged at Rs 2,99,16,042.

The officials attached to the Coimbatore regional unit of DRI said they were tipped about the gold smuggling bid and based on that they had intensified checking at the airport.

An official said the six had boarded the Air Arabia flight from Sharjah and landed in the city at 3.50am on Friday. “We frisked them completely and based on the tip recovered the gold that they had concealed in jeans trousers and undergarments. We have seized 6kg and 117g gold from them.”

The official said the six had melted the gold and affixed the same on to their undergarments and trousers with the help of some chemical. “It weighed 7kg and 907g with the chemical. We processed it and separated the gold later. There was a difference of more than 1kg in the weight then.”

The official said the six - Mannankatti Arumugam, Bajarul Rahman Haji Abdul Hameed, Emayaraj Madhavan, Mubin Ahmed Sulaiman, Thirumoorthy Rajendran and Habeeb Maraikayar Seeni Ibrahimsha - were handed over to the air intelligence wing of customs. “The accused are natives of Viluppuram, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram and Vellore districts.”

02/07/21 Times of India

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