Saturday, November 04, 2017

DRI sleuths seize 10 gold tola bars from MIA toilets

Mangaluru: Sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on a specific intel recovered 10 gold tola bars of foreign origin valued at Rs 34.17-lakh from the toilets located next to immigration arrivals of Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Friday. The intel indicated that a passenger on board the Spicejet Flight No.SG60 from Dubai had made the clandestine drop of the above mentioned quantity of gold at the toilet for local extraction.
Vinayak Bhat, deputy director, DRI, Mangaluru said DRI received specific input that passenger, whose identity was not clearly known, who had arrived by Spicejet Flight SG60 from Dubai to MIA on Friday at about 6pm, had dropped a packet containing gold brought by him inside one of the toilets next to immigration area of international arrivals with a plan that this packet would be retrieved later on by some cleaning staff having access to the toilet.
Acting on the said information, officers of DRI, Mangaluru regional unit rushed to the airport immediately and conducted a thorough search of the toilets next to immigration area. During the course of the search, a small packet containing some metal objects wrapped in black insulation tapes was recovered from a drainage outlet of one of the toilets. On opening the said packet, the same was found to contain 10 gold tola bars of foreign origin.
The total weight of the said gold tola bars recovered was found to be 1166.500-grams and they were made of 24 Carat purity gold. The total current market value of the said gold bars is Rs 34.17-lakh.
04/11/7 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India