CHENNAI: Customs officials at Chennai city international airport on Tuesday seized 3.4-kilogram gold worth 1.39 cr from 6 Sri Lankan passengers who arrived from the Colombo. 3 of them were arrested.
A customs official said they received an info that a considerable quantity of 24-kt yellow metal would be smuggled through airport. Air intelligence unit stepped up vigil at arrival hall following info. AIU officers intercepted 6 Sri Lankan nationals – 47-year-old Mohamed Rishan, 51-year-old Althaf, 33-year-old Mohamed Rimaz, 39-year-old Mohammed Rafeek, 36-year-old Mohamed Lahir, and a woman 45-year-old named Smzul Wadeka Moulana, who arrived from Colombo by Sri Lankan flight. On persistent questioning they admitted to having concealed yellow metal in paste form in their rectum. Officials recovered 15 bundles of yellow metal paste form them.