3.6 kg of gold seized from flight at Chennai airport
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 3.6 kg of gold bars worth Rs. 1.06 crore concealed in toilets of a SpiceJet aircraft that arrived Chennai from Bangkok on Thursday.
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials were tipped off that gold bars would be hidden in places like the pocket for in-flight magazines, seat pockets or the slot for life jackets on the Bangkok-Chennai Spicejet Flight 96.
Following this, a team of investigators searched SG-96 that arrived from Bangkok and found the gold bars in two toilets.
The unclaimed gold was seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962, according to a press release. Further investigation is on to identify the gang involved in smuggling the gold.
Quoting DRI sources, reports said the same SpiceJet Flight 96 was to proceed to Delhi after a brief stopover in Chennai. The smuggling ring operated in such a manner that some of its members would travel on the domestic leg and carry the concealed gold out of the Delhi airport.
This is done to avoid the stringent search by customs officials at Chennai airport that all passengers alighting from international flights are subject to, officials said.