One crore worth Gold and Saffron has been seized at Chennai International Airport. Customs officials at the Chennai airport seized 1.67 kg gold worth Rs 87 lakh and four kg saffron worth Rs 9.8 lakh from eight persons, two of whom carrying them were placed under arrest. Thameem Ansari (36) from Thoothukudi who reached Chennai from Dubai upon doubtfulness was intercepted and officials checked his bag.
A toy that appeared unusually heavy raised suspicion, when the officials opened its back cover to find a small transformer. When it was cur open, officials found 49 small gold plates weighing 349 g and valued t Rs 18 lakh. Three others who came on the same flight were found carrying gold in paste and cut bits form, totally weighing 701 g worth Rs 36.74 lakh. Shahul Hameed (38) and Kalandar Bahurudeen (29) from Ramanathapuram were arrested in this connection.
In another case, Bathurudeen (48) from Ramanathapuram who came from Dubai was caught with 265 g gold worth Rs 13.6 lakhs. Sarfudeen Abdul Majeed (40) and Mohamed Rahumathullah (30) from Ramanathapuram who came by the same flight were found carrying 4 kg grade-1 saffron worth Rs 9.8 lakh, added a press release from the Customs.