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Md Ziaul Haque, additional superintendent of AAP, a specialised police unit in charge of airport security, told the news agency that the three were held on a tip-off.

"Acting on the tip off, we intercepted the three after they got off from a Turkish Airlines flight that landed at the airport from Dubai via Istanbul around 4.30am," he said.

"The gold were liquified by a special process and kept in paste form," the additional SP added.

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