Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gold bars worth Rs 57.5 lakh recovered from 4 passengers at MIA

Mangaluru: Sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Friday based on a tip off to gold smuggling by international passengers arriving at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA), apprehended four passengers and recovered 16 gold bars they were trying to illegally bring in to the country. The passengers arrived at MIA on board Air India flight AI814 from Dubai around 4.30am and the DRI sleuths checked all passengers thoroughly to make the arrests.
Vinayak Bhat, deputy director, DRI said the sleuths acted on credible intelligence and nabbed the four trying to smuggle gold bars using a novel modus operandi. Noticing that the passengers were wearing heavy shoes, the DRI officials made them remove the same and during examination found that they had pasted gold bars under their soles with adhesive tapes and had worn thick socks over it in a regular fashion, in a bid to avoid detection.
The gold bars recovered from all four passengers weighed 1936.08 grams and were found to be of 24-karat purity. Their current market value was placed at around Rs 57.5 lakh. The DRI officials seized the contraband gold later under provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. On interrogation, the passengers admitted they are regular in smuggling and as revealed from their passports, they four have been frequently flying from Dubai to India.
13/10/17 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India
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