Two Sri Lankans arrested at Cochin airport

Two Sri Lankans arrested at Cochin airport

March 30, 2015   03:18 pm

Officials of the Indian Customs Air Intelligence Unit at the Cochin International airport on Sunday seized about 400 grams of gold, 11 cell phones and SD cards valued at Rs.3 million from two passengers who landed here from Colombo. The metal, in the form of eight gold bars, were concealed in their rectum.

The accused, identified as Abdullah and Muhammed Hussain, both hailing from Tamil Nadu, had landed here by a Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Colombo and were intercepted at the exit gate of the arrival hall while attempting to escape through the green channel.

“They did not make any declarations about the gold and also replied in the negative when asked whether they had any gold in their possession,” officials said. During interrogation, the accused, however, revealed they had hidden the gold in their rectums.

On examination revealed that the men carried four gold bars each, wrapped in adhesive tapes and carbon paper, in addition to 11 cell phones and 2300 SD cards in their luggage, the Hindu newspaper reported.   

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