Chennai: The customs at Chennai international airport seized gold worth Rs 31 lakh from four passengers on Monday and Tuesday.
Two persons, Mohamed Yasarapath( 25) and Jaheer Husain( 34) both from Ramanathapuram, who had arrived from Colombo by Indigo Airlines flight on Monday night were intercepted by officials on the suspicion of carrying gold. During their personal search, 340 grams gold valued at Rs. 11.10 lakh was recovered from their rectum.
On Tuesday morning, the officials intercepted Basha Mohiddin( 35) of Kadapa, who arrived from Abu Dhabi by Etihad flight. Gold was found concealed inside the hollow pipe of a yellow coloured juice maker. Gold weighing 175 grams valued at Rs 5.42 lakh was recovered.
In another case on Tuesday, Sathakathulla( 46) of Ramanathapuram who had arrived from Sharjah was intercepted. During his personal search, 443 grams gold valued at Rs.14.5 lakhs was recovered from him and the same was seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962.
The passenger was arrested as he had previously committed the offence of smuggling of foreign currency amounting to Rs 10 lakh. Total 958 grams of gold valued at Rs 16.52 lakh was recovered and the same was seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962. Further probe is on....