Alert officials at the city airport foiled the bid of five passengers to smuggle gold and seized 1.8 kg of the precious metal, here on Sunday.
According to sources, during a routine check, the officials grew suspicious of a group of five persons, who had arrived at Chennai from Singapore.
After a thorough check, the officials found gold nuggets concealed in their shoes. The sleuths seized 1.85 kg of the metal from them.
The group had arrived from Singapore in an Air India flight AI 343 at 12.30 pm. All the members of the group were detained for questioning. After a a six-hour grilling exercise, all the five persons were arrested and remanded in custody.
Meanwhile, a bomb scare was triggered at the airport when a black bag was found sitting suspiciously outside gate number four of the domestic terminal on Sunday. What compounded the whole panic situation was the presence of a car without an owner around as well.
Sources said that the baggage was spotted by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) guards. The personnel immediately alerted the Bomb detection squad who promptly arrived and found both to be explosive-free, but not before causing a good deal of alarm. An air force officer who was flying to Port Blair came 30 minutes later and claimed the black suitcase, while the car had to be towed away.
It was later claimed by a frantic owner who said that he had locked the keys inside by mistake.