Four women from Sri Lanka, who landed at the city airport on Sunday, were nabbed by the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs on charges of smuggling gold. In all, the AIU officers have seized 1.3 kg of gold worth an estimated Rs 44.8 lakh.
Suspecting that they were carrying gold, the officers stopped them at the exit of the arrival hall. When they checked the women and their belongings, the AIU officers found the gold concealed in their handbags. Hidden inside the bags were eight gold chains, four gold rings, three gold bits, two gold bars, two gold bangles and one gold bracelet.
These were of 24 karat purity, together weighing 1.32 kg. The value of the gold was estimated to be Rs 44.8 lakh. According to a statement from the Customs Commissioner, the gold was seized under the provision of Customs Act, 1962, and further investigation is on