Six Colombo-bound Sri Lankan transit passengers have been protesting for over one week at Chennai Worldwide Airport, alleging Indian authorities illegally seized their gold weighing 7 kg and staged a drama that the gold was discovered deserted in a airplane’s rest room.
Customs officers are adamant that the gold was recovered from the flight bathroom and at restrooms of the worldwide terminal.
The six males, claiming to be gold merchants from Sri Lanka, are refusing to depart the Chennai airport until they get their gold again.
“Our Indigo flight from Dubai landed at round 4:10 AM. They took us to the terminal solely at round 9 AM. They saved us within the flight for 5 hours. We want our gold. We won’t depart for our nation with out it,” Ishanul Haq, one of many males, instructed IHNS.
The Lankans, with boarding passes to Colombo obtained in Dubai, have additionally shared paperwork associated to the acquisition of the gold at Dubai’s airport.
They allege Indian Customs authorities stripped and assaulted them in addition to taking away their cell phones.
Customs authorities had earlier claimed the gold was discovered deserted within the airplane’s bathroom. Nonetheless, a senior officer within the know of those developments and who didn’t need to be named admitted to IHNS that the gold was certainly seized from these transit passengers from Sri Lanka.
“That is unlawful. Seizures cannot be constituted of transit passengers. Over-enthusiastic officers have finished this to point out a bigger seizure. Solely an order from courtroom can convey out the reality,” he added.
The Sri Lankans have engaged a lawyer and are searching for a probe for the return of what they name “their gold”.
S Zahir Hussain, their counsel, has written to senior Customs authorities searching for CCTV footage and a good probe.
“They’re answerable to Sri Lankan Customs solely. They do not have Indian visas and are solely transit passengers with boarding passes for his or her Colombo flight collected in Dubai and so they haven’t any cause to dump the gold in bathrooms because the officers declare,” Mr Hussain mentioned.