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Gold and foreign currency worth ₹90 lakh seized at Chennai airport

Customs officials seized gold and foreign currency from three persons. File

Customs officials seized gold and foreign currency from three persons. File   | Photo Credit: A. Muralitharan

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Customs officials seized three persons and seized the gold and foreign currency concealed

Customs officials at Anna International Airport here arrested three persons and seized gold worth ₹43.7 lakh and foreign currency to the tune of ₹45.4 lakh on Thursday.

According to a release, the customs officers intercepted Bunty Ashok Ramnani alias Dipen Ashok Suthar, 33, who arrived from Mumbai at the domestic terminal. Upon searching him, they found 6 gold cut bars weighing 11.90 kg valued at ₹43.7 lakh.

He had concealed them in his pant pocket. It was seized under Customs Act 1962 as he did not have any bill to prove that he had purchased the gold. The passenger was arrested.

In another case, the officers intercepted Syed Ibrahim, 36, of Thiruvarur and Abdul Azeez, 51 of Virudhunagar at the departure terminal. The two were bound for Kualalumpur. Upon examining their bags, the officers found that the screws of the stroller were tampered.

When the screws were removed, the officers found foreign currency including, Euro, Pound Sterling and Australian dollars in various denominations to the tune of ₹.45.4 lakh. The currency was seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962 read with Foreign Exchange Management Act, 2015.

Both the passengers were arrested. Further Investigation is under progress.

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