Chennai: Customs officers posted at the city airport detected four cases of smuggling of gold and seized 1.5 kilograms of gold. One person was arrested.
Sources said AIU officers intercepted Vijayaragavan (33) of Tiruchy who arrived from Singapore to Chennaiby an Indigo Airlines flight on Tuesday. On examination of his hand baggage, three gold bars with foreign markings “Valcambi Sui-sse”, weighing 300 grams valued at Rs 12 lakh were found concealed among his personal effects, and were seized.
In another case on the same day, Nur Lina Binti Abdullah (40) of Negeri Sembilan Malaysia who arrived by an Air Asia flight was intercepted on suspicion of carrying gold. On her personal search, she was found to have concealed gold in rubbery spread form in the waist of her jeans and in a sanitary pad worn by her. After extraction one gold ingot weighing 582 gms valued at `23 lakh was recovered. She was arrested.
In two other cases, Mohamed Haroon Rasheed (46) and Rizwan Fazulhag (33) both of Chennai arrived from Kuala Lumpur were checked and 669 grams gold valued at Rs 26.6 lakhs recovered from them.
On examination of their checked-in luggage, 20 used / refurbished laptops valued at Rs 1 lakh were recovered. A total 1.5 kg gold worth Rs 61.6 lakhs and laptops worth Rs 1 lakh were seized....