Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gang lands at Kempegowda International Airport with gold worth Rs 1.3 crore hidden in TV sets, speakers

Bengaluru: In one of the biggest gold-smuggling bids unearthed at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in recent times, officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) nabbed a gang that landed from Dubai on Monday with gold worth Rs 1.3 crore hidden inside television sets and speakers.

Sources with Bengaluru airport said the suspects, including three from Tamil Nadu and one from West Bengal, landed at KIA at 12.28pm by IndiGo flight 6E 096 from Dubai. Following a tipoff, sleuths from Bengaluru DRI zonal unit reached the airport and combed the passengers, who disembarked from the flight.

The DRI team intercepted four male passengers and questioned them about the smuggled yellow metal. The investigators established that three men were carrying television sets and speakers, which they had checked-in for their flight. The fourth suspect is said to have flown in with a cooking device and a Bluetooth speaker. The DRI dismantled all the electronic goods, including the LED television sets, to unearth large quantities of gold bars concealed inside to avoid detection by customs officials.

DRI sources confirmed the bust in which more than 3kg of gold worth over Rs 1.3 crore had been seized from the men. However, they refused to divulge the identities of the suspects as probe is under way.

The central agency suspects that the men are part of a Tamil Nadu-based gang involved in gold smuggling from the Gulf to India and have strong international links in the UAE.

25/11/20 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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