An Air India employee has been arrested after attempting to smuggle £350K worth of gold.
The worker, who has been identified only as Shafi was arrested at Kochi Airport, in Kerala, India.
Officials revealed the native of Wayanad, a rural district in Kerala was caught attempting to smuggle the gold under his airline uniform.
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The Customs Preventive Commissionerate had received a confidential tip-off about the Bahrain-Kozhikode-Kochi service worker's plans.
When he was searched, the authorities discovered 1,487 grams of gold hidden in the sleeves of his shirt in a bid to smuggle it out.
Authorities have confirmed they are currently investigating, and Shafi will be interrogated further.
NDTV reported that two additional passengers were arrested at Chennai airport after arriving in Singapore on Wednesday.
They were each carrying approximately 6.8kg of gold, Chennai customs said.
According to officials, the passengers arrived in Chennai from Singapore by AI-347 and 6E-52.
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Chennai Customs in a tweet said: "Based on Intel, 2 pax who arrived from Singapore by AI-347 and 6E-52 were intercepted by Customs on 07.03.23.
“On search of their baggage, gold totally weighing 6.8 kg valued at ₹ 3.32 crore was recovered/ seized under the CA,1962.
“Pax were arrested and further investigation is on."
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