Sunday, February 11, 2018

DRI sleuths foil bid to smuggle gold worth Rs 1 crore

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths, in a major haul involving two separate incidents, seized nearly 4kgs of gold valued at more than Rs 1 crore at Mangaluru International Airport and Mangaluru railway station on Saturday.
In the first case, a couple hailing from Kasaragod, were arrested for trying to smuggle 2.13kgs of gold concealed in a specifically made abdominal belt worn by them under their clothes.
In the second incident, two passengers who had smuggled gold from Nepal and were travelling in a train towards Kozhikode were nabbed with 16 gold biscuits concealed in the inner pocket of their pants, Vinayak Bhat, deputy director, DRI Mangaluru regional unit, said on Sunday, adding that all the four accused were arrested and produced before the jurisdictional chief judicial magistrate, Mangaluru on Sunday. Further investigations are in progress in both cases.
Giving details of the cases, Vinayak said acting on credible intelligence that two passengers, Hassan and Sameera of Kasaragod, arriving by Spicejet Flight SG-60 from Dubai to MIA, would attempt to smuggle gold, officers of DRI mounted surveillance at MIA. On arrival of the aircraft, the couple were identified and intercepted at customs green channel and subjected to thorough checking. During frisking, it was revealed that both were carrying skin coloured belts tied to their waist.
11/02/18 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India