In three separate incidents, Customs Officials seized 1.4 kg gold worth Rs 46 lakh and 15,000 Singapore dollars valued at Rs eight lakh were seized at the Anna International Airport here.
Commissioner of Customs Rajan Chaudhary, in a release on Saturdaysaid, based on information that gold was being smuggled from SouthAsian countries, by concealing inside the aircraft, rummaging of Indigo Flight which had arrived from Singapore and was about to convert into domestic run to Delhi, was undertaken. During rummaging, 10 crude gold chains totally weighing 1 Kg worth Rs 33 lakh were recovered. The gold was were concealed in the hollow portion of the pipe underneath one of the seat of the aircraft on Thursday night. The same was seized under the provisions of Customs Act 1962,he said.
In another seizure, a 34-year-old passenger, Syed Abuthahir, who arrived from Kuala Lumpur by Batik Airlines flight was intercepted at the exit of the arrival hall of the airport on suspicion of carrying gold. On examination of his checked-in baggage, two long gold stripsof 24 karat purity, which were concealed as inner beading of his suitcase, weighing 393 grams and worth Rs 13 lakh, were seized. The passenger, who was a repeat offender, was arrested as he was having two previous cases against him.
In the third seizure, 15,000 Singapore dollars and Rs 75,000 were seized from a passenger bound for Singapore.
Mr Rajan Chaudhary said the passenger Mohamed Zabir Khan (46), who was bound for Singapore by an Indigo flight was intercepted at the departure terminal after Customs clearance. Upon search of his hand baggage, 15,000 Singapore Dollars,
equivalent to Rs 7.9 lakh, and Rs 75,000, totally valued at Rs 8.62 lakh, were found undeclared. The currencies were seized under Customs Act 1962.
Further investigations were under progress.
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