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Gold bars worth Rs 58 lakh seized at Kochi airport

Gold bars worth Rs 58 lakh seized at Kochi airport

KOCHI: Gold bars, worth over Rs 58 lakh, were seized from two passengers who arrived here from Kozhi kode by an Air India Express flight, Customs officials said.

The passengers, natives of Maharashtra, had boarded the domestic sector of the flight which had land ed in Kozhikode from Doha en route to Kochi, a customs release said on Wednesday.

One of the passengers was intercepted at the exit gate of the arrival hall and a search yielded nine gold bars, concealed in his rectum, totally weighing 1049.74 grams and valued at Rs 27,39,821, it said.

The second person, who arrived by the same flight, was traced at a hotel near Kochi airport and search of his room resulted in recovery of six more gold cut bar pieces, totally weighing 1188.64 grams and valued at Rs 27,39,821, it said.