RAMANATHAPURAM: The ‘Q’ Branch police and custom department officials have seized 6.8 kg of smuggled gold worth `2.9 crore on Monday from one Nazir (35), a resident of Kilakarai. Despite tight security at the coastline of Ramanathapuram district, gold from Sri Lanka is being smuggled every now and then.
Sources said that upon receiving a tip-off, the police had intensified their patrol in Mandapam north sea coast. They soon noticed a man rushing in a country boat towards the seashore. When he tried to escape with a bag from the boat after reaching the shore, the police caught him. Since the man did not answer properly to the questions, the police intercepted him. When the sleuths checked the boat, they found 79 gold biscuits in his bag. Upon further questioning the man said that the gold biscuits were smuggled from Sri Lanka.