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DRI seizes 6.6 kg gold from trio at Tiruchy airport

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths seized 6.6 kg gold worth around Rs 2 crore from a trio, who arrived at the Tiruchy International Airport from Singapore, during the wee hours of Tuesday.

DRI seizes 6.6 kg gold from trio at Tiruchy airport
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Gold was smuggled in various shapes and forms (circled) concealed in different machines

Thiruchirapalli

Acting on a tip off, a seven-member team of the DRI, Chennai, scanned the baggage of passengers who arrived here by Tiger Airways from Singapore around 1 am on Tuesday.

During the operation, the activities of three passenger raised suspicion and the officials conducted a thorough check of their baggage which led to the seizure of huge quantity of gold which was moulded into different shapes and concealed inside different household articles like coffee maker, floor polishing machines and cutting pliers. The seized gold weighed around 6.6 kg. During the interrogation, the trio revealed that the contraband gold was handed over to them by an agent in Singapore and they were asked to hand it over to his associate in Tiruchy, who would be waiting outside the airport.

Many a times, gold had been seized from passengers arriving at the Tiruchy International Airport. Therefore, the DRI and custom officials keep a close watch on passengers of all flight services coming here. 

The Tuesday seizure of 6.6 kg gold comes after a hiatus at the airport, which did not witness any activity for the past one month.

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