Customs officials seized gold worth Rs 31.4 lakh at Chennai airport on Thursday night.
Customs officials found that Yogaprashath had cleverly coated the coins with a special oil used during coin making to camouflage it with the five rupee coins. After washing the coating off, officials realised that they were actually gold coins. They recovered 14 gold coins weighing about 422 gram valued Rs 16.8 lakh.
In another incident, the officials intercepted Niamudeen (36) of Ramanathapuram who arrived from Dubai. On persistent questioning, he admitted having concealed gold in a form of paste inside the rectum. On search, the officials recovered two bundles and on extraction 368 gram of gold valued Rs 14.6 lakh was recovered and seized.
Both of the passengers have been detained for further inquiry.