Friday, September 17, 2021

Rs 1.9cr worth gold seized in airport, 6 flyers arrested

Coimbatore: Sleuths from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recently seized close to 4kg of gold valued at Rs 1.92 crore from passengers at the Coimbatore airport.

Electronic gadgets and foreign cigarettes worth Rs 1.16 crore were also seized from the passengers. Six passengers who arrived at the airport from Sharjah were arrested in connection with these cases.

In a statement, officials said they received a tip that a large quantity of gold, electronic equipment and cigarettes at trade quantities were being smuggled into the country through passengers on Monday.

A team reached the airport and detained suspicious passengers arriving in a Air Arabia flight. When they were checked, gold was found concealed in their pant pockets and rectum.

With the passengers travelling international destinations has started increasing after a low in April and May due to second wave of Covid-19, agencies like DRI and air intelligence unit of the customs department have increased vigilance, say sources from the airport.

17/09/21 Times of India

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