DRI seizes gold worth Rs. 1 crore in raids conducted at MIA and Mangaluru Junction Railway; 4 arrested

Source: S.O. News Service | By Arfa Kazia | Published on 12th February 2018, 11:07 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Gold valued more than Rs. 1 crore was seized by the DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence) in a major haul involving two separate incidents at Mangaluru International Airport and Mangaluru Junction Railway station on 10th February, Saturday.

Acting on a tip-off , first, a team was formed to arrest a couple hailing from Kasargod who arrived on a SpiceJet flight from Dubai to Mangaluru at around 8:40 am on Saturday for trying to smuggle 2.13 kg of gold hidden in a specially made skin coloured waist belts.

The team arrived at the Mangalore International Airport (MIA), mounted survellence and after identifying the said couple Hassan and Sameera, intercepted them at the customs green channel and escorted them for checking.

After checking, the gold found with 99 carat purity and weighing 2137.04 grams was confiscated by the DRI officials under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The gold has a estimated market value of Rs. 66 lakhs. The couple was arrested and produced in the court.

The second raid was conducted based on credible information which stated that two passengers travelling from Panvel to Kozhikode in Marusagar Express were smuggling gold from Nepal. A team of DRI officials arrived at the Mangaluru Junction Railway station.

Both the passengers Moideen and Samsudheen were identified by the team and brought for checking. During their personal examination, the officers found 16 gold bars ( 8 gold bars each) in the possession of the two passengers. The duo admitted that they smuggled gold from Nepal and were travelling in train towards Kozhikode, Kerala.

The gold bars of foreign origin weighing 1865.600 grams were seized by the officials. The confiscated gold is valued at Rs 56,33,880 under Mahazar. The duo was taken into police custody and produced in a court on Sunday.

Further investigations are in progress.

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