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Bid to smuggle gold worth Rs 2.24 crore thwarted

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Customs officials have seized unclaimed gold bars worth Rs 2.24 crore concealed in the rear toilet of an Air India aircraft, which arrived here from Dubai.

Acting on a tip-off that the precious metal was being smuggled in the plane from Dubai, the Customs sleuths rummaged the flight at the airport here on Tuesday, a statement said.

Four bundles wrapped in black adhesive tapes were found concealed in the rear toilet of the international flight, which was to fly to New Delhi in the domestic sector, it said.

Forty-eight gold bars with foreign marking, weighing 5.6 kg and valued at Rs 2.24 crore were recovered.

It has been seized as unclaimed under the Customs Act and an investigation is on, the statement added.

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First Published: Wed, November 06 2019. 14:00 IST