The eight Indians were nabbed along with a Sri Lankan national while they were on board a flight to Chennai at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

The men, aged between 19 and 58, were deboarded from the Sri Lankan Airlines Flight UL 125 and on search 1200 grammes of gold were recovered from them.

"They were arrested on board the flight heading for Chennai at 0005 Hours this morning," airport official Leslie Gamini said. Seven of the eight Indians had hidden the gold in their rectums while one person had concealed 59 grams of gold in his waist band.

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