1.44 kg gold worth Rs 59 lakh seized at airport, one arrested

Officials of the Customs Air IntelligenceUnit (AIU) seized 1.44 kg of gold, valued at Rs 59 lakh in fourcases and arrested a person at the Anna International airport here. A release from the Office of the Commissioner of Customs todaysaid on Tuesday night a Sri Lankan National Lasantha Shanka (28), who arrived from Colombo in an Air India flight was interceptedat the exit. On persistent questioning, he admitted to have kept concealedgold in paste form in rectum.

On personal search four bundlescontaining gold in paste form were recovered.On extraction, 431 gms of gold and valued at Rs 17.63 lakh wasrecovered and seized.