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Peacock feathers seized at airport

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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:30
KOCHI: The Customs wing at the Cochin international airport seized about 25 kg of peacock feathers from two passengers on Thursday.Two passengers, Paramasivam and Karuppayya from Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, had come to the airport to take a flight to Kuala Lumpur. While their luggage was being screened ahead of check-in, officials detected suspicious items inside. On further inspection, four bags carried by them were found containing peacock feathers weighing 25 kg that were covered with plastic flowers and garlands.
 
The men told the Customs officials that they were carrying the feathers to decorate a temple in Kuala Lumpur. Officials are investigating as to where the feathers were procured from and who else was involved in the racket.