Chennai, Aug 26: Customs officials arrested a Malaysian woman and seized 6.5 kg gold valued at Rs 2.52 crore from her at the Anna International airport here on Monday.
A release from the office of the Commissoner of Customs said based on information that gold was likely to be smuggled by some Malaysian women passengers arriving from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia flight, high vigil was maintained at Customs arrival hall to nab them.
Customs officers zeroed in on five women passengers who had arrived by this flight and were followed from aircraft till the Customs arrival hall. The officers intercepted one Kumuthamalar Ramachandran (41) as she appeared to be nervous and was walking rather hurriedly towards the exit hall, carrying only two hand bags.
Since she gave evasive replies on questioning, the officials searched her bags and seized three small pouches which were concealed in her personal effects. On opening the pouches 12 gold cut bars wrapped in adhesive tape were found concealed inside the pouches (four in each pouch), totally weighing 6.5 kg, of 24K purity, and valued at Rs. 2.52 crores. The same were seized under the provisions of Customs Act.
On further questioning, she informed that the gold was to be delivered to some unknown person outside the airport. She was taken out to identify the receiver, but even after considerable time no one approached her, following which she was arrested.
Further Investigation is under progress. (UNI)