Chennai: In four separate cases, the Chennai air customs have seized 3.15Kg gold, worth Rs 1.64 crore (over 2.23 lakh USD). In the first case, based on intelligence, the officials had carried out rummaging of Air India Express Flight IX 1644 which had arrived from Dubai on Wednesday night.
A pouch concealed under the aircraft seat was found to contain two bundles of gold paste and two gold bars weighing 116.5 grams each. Total of 928 grams of gold valued at Rs. 48.27 lakhs was recovered and seized as unclaimed. Officials say that this is the first seizure of the yellow metal concealed in an aircraft, in this year.
Officials seized 169 grams of gold that was worth Rs.8.73 lakh concealed in the socks of a passenger who arrived via the same flight. Frisking of four passengers who arrived from Dubai on Wednesday had led to the seizure of 11 bundles of gold paste that they had concealed in the rectum. Total of 1.2Kg gold valued at Rs.61.5 lakhs was recovered and two passengers were arrested.
On Tuesday night, frisking of five passengers who arrived by Air India Express Flight IX 1644 led to the seizure of eight bundles of gold paste. The bundles were recovered from rectum and innerwear. Total of 858 gram gold valued at Rs. 45.5 lakhs was recovered.
Total 3.15 Kgs gold of 24k purity valued at Rs 1.64 crore was recovered and seized under the Customs Act. Further investigation is under progress.