Gold bars smuggled into India from Sri Lanka, were seized from a car by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials at a toll gate on a national highway in Tamil Nadu, the Press Trust of India reported.
A total of 8.325 kg of gold valued at Indian Rs 2.21 crore was seized from the van. It included 62 bars with foreign markings, each weighing 100 grams, two bars weighing one kg each with similar markings and one cut piece gold bar, a DRI release said.The DRI acted on specific intelligence that gold bars were being smuggled to India from
the island nation by boats through coastal villages near Nagapattinam. They were then
moved to Thanjavur and later transported to Chennai by car. DRI officers were deployed in and around coastal villages and at important road junctions and highways connecting Chennai to Thanjavur.
The van was intercepted at Valvathankottai toll gate on Tiruchirapalli-Thanjavur National Highway.
The two occupants on being questioned admitted that they were transporting the gold received from Nagapattinam coast and bought from Sri Lanka into India through boat. The duo were arrested for violations under the provision of Customs Act, 1962, the release said. (Colombo Gazette)