40 kgs of gold seized at Madurai airport

Madurai: Forty kgs of gold worth Rs ten crore have been seized at the airport here and three persons taken into custody in this connection, customs officials said today.

Acting on a tip-off that gold could be smuggled on board a Mihin Lanka flight from Sri Lanka and Spice Jet flight from Dubai, Director of Customs (Tuticorin), Parivallal, heading a team, conducted searches in both the aircraft last night.

The officials said a suitcase containing gold biscuits, weighing 33 kgs, was found abandoned under a seat in the Madurai-bound plane from Colombo while seven kgs of gold were seized from three passengers in the other aircraft.

The three have been taken for questioning, they said, adding that further investigations were on. (PTI)