Chennai, Jan 23 : Officials of Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized 3.14 kg gold valued at Rs 1.30 crore and arrested two people in three incidents at the airport here.
A release from the office of the Commissioner of Customs today said 948 gms of gold valued at Rs 39.12 lakh was seized from two Sri Lankan Nationals--Mohamed Huzaid (27) and Chandrakumar (23)--who had arrived from Colombo by an Air India flight on Tuesday night. The officials intercepted them at the exit and on search of their belongings five crude gold rings and four crude gold chains of 24k purity totally weighing 948 gms were recovered from their pant pockets and seized. In another seizure, a passenger Madhavan (21) of Thanjavur who arrived from Dubai and on search of his checked-in bag two long gold wires weighing 398 gms and valued at Rs 16.43 lakh were ingeniously concealed inside the beading of the bag. The same was recovered and seized.
On Wednesday based on information, Supreet Singh (34) and Damanpreet Singh (25) both from Patiala, arrived from Bangkok by an Indigo flight. On their personal search, two pouches of gold paste were found ingeniously concealed in their turbans. Four bundles of gold paste were recovered from their inner wear and rectum. On extraction 1.8 kg gold valued at Rs.74.20 lakhs was recovered and seized. Both were arrested. In all 3.14 kg gold valued at Rs 1.30 crore was seized under the Customs Act 1962. Further investigation is under process. (UNI)