Friday, May 17, 2019

Smuggler with gold biscuits worth Rs 75L held

Bengaluru: A passenger carrying gold biscuits worth Rs 75 lakh landed in the custody of the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), Bengaluru unit, at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on Thursday.
Arif Hussain, 55, a resident of Adugodi, is a known offender involved in smuggling the yellow metal into Bengaluru from overseas. With strong links to smuggling rackets in the city and other states, he was on the radar of enforcement agencies for a while.
Officials received information on large quantities of gold being smuggled into Bengaluru via KIA from Bangkok on Thursday. “Our team was waiting at the arrival area. Arif Hussain landed at Bengaluru airport on Thursday on a Thai AirAsia flight and we detained him as he was exiting after immigration procedures,” said a DRI official.
The officials grilled Hussain, but he did not divulge any details. They then inspected his hand luggage and found three gold biscuits, including two weighing one kilogram each and another 250 grams. A total of 2.25kg of the foreign-made gold worth Rs 75 lakh in the Indian market was seized from the suspect, who was arrested by the DRI team and booked for smuggling.
17/05/19 Petlee Peter/Times of India
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