Chennai, Aug 29 : Customs officials have seized gold, US Dollars, electronic goods and cigarettes, totally, worth Rs 43 lakhs at the Anna International airport here on Thursday. A release from the office of the Commissioner of Customs said the officials, due to constant vigil, have detected two cases of smuggling of gold, cigarettes and electronic goods and one case of foreign currency. Based on information, a passenger Ijaz Khan (26) of Chennai, who arrived from Singapore by SCOOT Airlines flight was intercepted and on his personal search seven gold cut bits were recovered from his trouser pockets.
On examination of his checked-in baggage 10 hard disks were found. On dismantling the hard disks circular gold bits were found concealed inside. A total of 379 gms of gold valued at Rs 15.23 lakhs was recovered. Further examination of his baggage resulted in recovery of 1,600 sticks of cigarettes valued at Rs 16,000, three Sony PS4 gaming console, three Sony DVD players valued at Rs 1.70 lakhs and the same were seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962.In another case, a passenger Aslam Nihar (22) of Chennai arrived from Dubai by AirIndia flight was intercepted by the officers. On persistent questioning he accepted to have concealed gold in rectum in rubbery form.
On extraction one gold ingot weighing 438 gms,valued at Rs. 17.61 lakh was seized.In another case, one Mohamed Ali Jinna (35) of Ramanathapuram, who was bound for Kuala Lumpur by an Indigo flight was intercepted in the departure terminal, when he was proceeding towards security hold after clearing immigration.As the passenger was found to be nervous he was questioned. He admitted to carrying three bundles of foreign currency in his rectum. The recovered bundles were cut open and 11,900 US Dollars all 100 denominations equivalent to Rs 8.35 lakhs were seized from him under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962 read with FEMA 2015. Further investigation is under progress. UNI