STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Bid to smuggle 1.86 kg gold worth Rs 70 lakh foiled, one held

The Gold assayer certified the gold bars to be of 24K purity. Husain was working as a driver in Riyadh for four years and had landed in Chennai for the first time.

Published: 07th August 2019 05:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2019 05:05 AM   |  A+A-

Gold bar

For representational purposes

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Flights from Middle East countries are now under the scanner of the Customs department, for smuggling of the yellow metal, as sleuths yet again foiled a bid to smuggle in 1.86kg gold worth Rs 70.25 lakh at Chennai airport and arrested one person.

On Tuesday morning Muzmmil Husain (40), hailing from Muzaffarnagar, who had arrived from Riyadh via Muscat by Oman Airways flight, was intercepted at the exit of Customs arrival hall by Air Intelligence Unit officers, on suspicion of carrying gold as he appeared to be walking in a suspicious manner, according to a release. 

Since his replies were evasive, a personal search as well search of his check-in baggage was undertaken. One rechargeable hand light was found among his personal effects, which, on examination, appeared to be unusually heavy. On dismantling the same, 16 gold bars bearing marking of Suisse 10 tolas Fine Gold 999.9, were found concealed inside and the same were recovered. 

The Gold assayer certified the gold bars to be of 24K purity. Husain was working as a driver in Riyadh for four years and had landed in Chennai for the first time. He said that his friend in Riyadh had sponsored his ticket and given him the bag to be delivered to someone in his village and he was unaware of the contents in the bag. The passenger was arrested.

More from Chennai.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp