God Bars Seized in Cochin Airport

Published on: 19 Jul, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News, Ernakulam District News, General Kerala News

19 July 2013

Two gold bars were seized from a man who arrived at Cochin International Airport from Dubai here on Thursday. Customs officials at Nedumbassery airport intercepted Sameer Kodiyil of Malappuram at the exit gate of the arrival hall when they found his movements suspicious. Customs officials said Sameer had smuggled in the gold bars concealed in carbon paper inside his socks. A communication from the Customs said the bars weighed 2 kg.

In July alone, 9 kg of gold bars worth Rs.2.52 crore was seized from the Nedumbassery airport. “But if gold smugglers are sending five people with gold bars, only two may get caught. No airport is foolproof. But we have increased surveillance to deter smugglers,” said the official.

The gold bars seized on Thursday and Tuesday were of 1 kg each. These were concealed in the smuggler’s socks on two occasions and in their pockets in the other cases. Gold seizures earlier were of smaller gold biscuits each of 116 gm of gold. The larger gold bars facilitate easier transport of large amounts of gold.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/2-kg-of-gold-bars-seized-at-nedumbassery-airport/article4928794.ece

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