Immigration officer detained at Tiruchi airport over gold smuggling.

An Assistant Immigration Officer at Tiruchi international airport has been detained by the Air Intelligence Unit of Customs after he was allegedly found in the possession of gold biscuits weighing 1.5 kg.

The gold biscuits were apparently handed over to the officer Balaji Bhaskar by a passenger Sadiq Ali upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur by an Air Asia flight in the early hours. The passenger has also been detained by the Air Intelligence Unit. The value of the seized gold biscuits was put at Rs. 43 lakh.

The officer was deputed to serve in the Tiruchi Immigration Unit from Intelligence Bureau. He had earlier served in the IB at Tiruchi and thereafter posted at Chennai.