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56 Sri Lankan gold smugglers busted

56 Sri Lankan gold smugglers busted

KOCHI: The air intelligence unit of Cochin International Airport has confirmed apprehension of 56 Sri Lankan nationals with around 11 kg of gold ornaments worth more than Rs 3 crore.

The air intelligence unit seized 10 kg of crude gold ornaments from 42 Sri Lankan men and 28 women. Another 1.733 kg of gold was seized from 14 Sri Lankan nationals. Both groups had arrived from Sri Lanka, and most of them were found to have frequently travelled to India from Sri Lanka since September.

The law permits only bailable charges to be slapped if the quantity of gold seized from each person is less than one kg.