1.6kg gold smuggling bid: Tamil Nadu official held.
TRICHY: An immigration official was caught red-handed by customs sleuths in Trichy on Thursday when he was trying to hand over gold biscuits to a passenger who had earlier arrived from Kuala Lumpur with the smuggled valuable.
According to sources, the sleuths of the air intelligence wing detained the official in the early hours of Thursday outside the airport when he was about to hand over the 1.6 kg of gold biscuits smuggled in by the passenger.
Balaji Baskar, a Bureau of Immigration sub inspector, who was on duty at the Trichy airport, secured 16 pieces of gold biscuits - each weighing 100 grams - from Sadique Ali, who arrived from Malaysia by an Air Asia flight, say sources.
Ali, a native of Lalgudi, handed over the bis cuits to Balaji Basker before undergoing the routine checking and frisking process at the immigration and customs area.