Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2 held at KIA for smuggling gold

Bengaluru: The customs department officials at the Kempegowda International Airport on Sunday arrested two persons for smuggling gold worth Rs 45 lakh and weighing 1.5 kg.
An invoice for the gold bars, bought in Dubai, along with a photograph of an aircraft seat on a passenger’s cell phone and the suspicious behaviour of one of the suspects raised doubts among the officials.
The arrested are Reddy Bethireddy and his associate Samudra Reddy, both natives of Attili in Andhra Pradesh.
According to the customs officials, Bethireddy was travelling to Hyderabad from Dubai via Goa and Bengaluru. He had concealed the gold bars beneath his seat on the Air India flight.Midway, he developed cold feet and decided to disembark in Bengaluru. He also made arrangements  for Samudra to travel to Hyderabad on his seat. The plan was to allow Samudra to travel from Bengaluru to Hyderabad on the domestic leg of the international flight.
13/06/18 De3ccan Herald