Tuesday, October 27, 2020

DRI officials seize gold worth Rs 2.40 crore at Kochi airport

Kochi: In a major haul, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) seized 4.5kg gold worth nearly Rs 2.40 crore in two cases from five passengers on Tuesday.

This incident comes two days after DRI seized 4.49 kg gold worth nearly Rs 2.12 crore from four passengers at CIAL.

In the first case, 1kg gold valued at Rs.53 lakh was recovered from Muneer Ahammed of Kalikavu in Malappuram, who arrived in an Air Arabia flight from Jeddah on Tuesday early morning.

In the second case, 4.3kg gold in compound was seized from four passengers who came in two flights, each from Jeddah and Dubai. On extraction of the gold compound, DRI received 3500 gm 24 carat gold valued Rs.1.85 crores. The accused persons were Shuhaib, Anas, Sainul Abid and Shafeeq. Shuhaib, Anas and Sainul Abid have arrived in the Air Arabia flight from Jeddah and Shafeeq arrived in Air India Express flight from Dubai. The DRI officials are questioning them for more details about the suppliers and buyers of the gold they smuggled.

Earlier on Sunday night, Muhammad Kunju Maheen, Muhammad Arjaz, both of Kozhikode, Shamsudeen of Malappuram and Kamal Mohiudeen of Thirunelveli who travelled to Kochi in a Fly Dubai airlines flight were nabbed by the DRI officials. They tried to smuggle a total of $.49kg gold by hiding it on their legs.

27/10/20 Anantha Narayanan K/Times of India

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