Gold worth Rs 1.59 crore seized at Chennai airport

Chennai: During field surveillance, officials of the Air Intelligence Unit, Chennai Customs found a suspicious polythene bag lying unclaimed inside the dustbin beneath the garbage cover in the toilet of the arrival hall of the Chennai International Airport.

According to an official release, the same was recovered and found to contain gold foil with silver coating wrapped in carbon paper. On extraction, gold ingot weighing 1.8 kgs, valued at Rs. 87.82 lakh was recovered and seized under the Customs Act, 1962.

In another incident, based on intelligence, two male passengers who arrived from Sharjah were intercepted at exit by the Customs officers. On examination of their person, seven gold bundles concealed in rectum and gold totally weighing 1.47 kg valued at Rs 71.72 lakh were recovered. Two passengers were arrested.

Further investigation is in progress, said the statement by Principal Commissioner of Customs, Chennai International Airport.

 

NT Bureau