Over 2 kg smuggled gold seized in Kerala, 1 held

Tightening its noose around gold smugglers in Kerala, Customs on Thursday seized yellow metal weighing over 2 kg in two separate incidents and one person arrested.

In the first incident, 1.2 kg gold was seized from a person who arrived from Dubai via Tiruchirapalli airport in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

"Based on the intelligence inputs, the gold compound weighing 1.2 kg was seized by Customs(Preventive) Unit, Palakkad. The suspected career arrived from Dubai via Trichy Airport Terminal," Customs Commissioner Sumit Kumar said.

He said the gold seized was concealed in a packet and four condoms.

The officer, however, refused to reveal his name as it would affect the ongoing investigation.

Customs sources said the passenger was part of a gang involved in gold smuggling. He was allegedly carrying gold to his clients in Kerala.

Following the seizure, follow up raids were being carried out in number of places in Kerala, sources said.

(with news agency inputs)