Friday, February 05, 2021

Bengaluru: Smuggled gold worth Rs 51 lakh found in aircraft seat

Bengaluru: Smuggled gold worth Rs 51 lakh was found hidden inside the seat of a flight that landed at Kempegowda International Airport from Dubai.

The yellow metal was seized by sleuths of the Bengaluru unit of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, who are now probing the passenger who smuggled in the gold. KIA officials said a DRI team reached the airport early on Wednesday and entered an IndiGo Airlines flight that landed on Tuesday night. They searched the plane after passengers had disembarked and found gold hidden inside a packet under the passenger’s seat in the economy section. The smuggled gold weighed 1 kg and 100 grams.

Investigators suspect the passenger had hidden the gold for an accomplice to retrieve it once the flight switched to domestic sector. In such a situation, the accomplice can carry the gold as a domestic passenger and there won’t be a customs inspection.

05/02/21 Times of India

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