Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Officials of the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs seized gold bars weighing 1.16 kg from a Sri Lankan national at the Anna International terminal here on Friday. They were concealed in stroller rods of checked-in baggage. They arrested the passenger and the seized gold bars valued at Rs.15.38 lakh.

An official release stated that the passenger was proceeding through the Green Channel. On suspicion the authorities examined her baggage. This is the second instance in two months in which the Sri Lankan nationals attempted to smuggle gold through the Chennai airport.

In this financial year, so far the Customs authorities have seized goods worth Rs.20 crore, which include gold, drugs, electronic goods and ornamental fish, the release added.