Chennai: Air Customs here has arrested 6 persons and seized 5.55 kg gold worth Rs. 2.53 crore and foreign currency worth Rs. 24 lakh.
Based on intelligence, one Magroob Akbarali, 39, of Ramanathapuram & Zubair Hassan Rafiyutheen, 26, of Chennai who arrived on Sunday 21 March from Dubai by Fly Dubai FZ8515 were intercepted at exit. Their hairstyles looked suspicious. On examination they were found to be wearing wigs and having partly tonsured heads. 2 gold paste packets weighing 698 grams were found concealed under their wigs which on extraction yielded 595 grams gold.
In another case, one Balu Ganesan, 42, of Trichy, who arrived by same flight was intercepted and on personal search, 3 bundles of gold paste was recovered from rectum which on extraction yielded 622 grams of gold. He too was arrested.
Earlier on Saturday, one Anbazhagan, 24, of Villupuram was intercepted at the exit. On personal search four packets of gold paste weighing 1.5 kg was recovered from his possession. The packets were concealed inside his socks and stitched inside his underwear. On extraction 1.33 kg gold valued at Rs. 62 lakhs was recovered and seized. One A. Thamin Ansari of Chennai, 26, the receiver of gold was also nabbed outside the airport when he approached the passenger to take the gold. Both have been arrested.
In another case on rummaging Indigo Flight 6E 668, 10 Tola gold bars with foreign marking weighing 933 grams valued at Rs. 43.30 lakhs was found in a cloth bag which was concealed in the hollow pipe beneath one of the aircraft seat.
Earlier on Friday, Syed Ahamedulla, 22, of Ramnathapuram, Santhosh Selvam, 33, of Salem & Abdullah, 35, of Chennai who arrived from Dubai and Sharjah by flights EK 542 and G9471 were intercepted at exit. Their hair styles looked to be suspicious and on examination they were found to be having partly tonsured heads and wearing wigs. Three gold paste packets (2410 grams) were found concealed under their wigs. On extraction 2.08 kg gold valued at Rs. 96.57 lakhs was recovered and seized under Customs Act . All three were arrested.
In another case, four passengers bound for Sharjah by flights 6E8415 and G9 472, were intercepted in the departure terminal.