Hyderabad: Officials of the Directorate of Rev-enue Intelligence have seized Rs 1 crore-worth gold weighing 2.512 kg, of which 1.581 kg was impounded at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
The remaining gold was seized at Mumbai Airport on the intelligence shared by the DRI’s Hyderabad zone unit. Acting on specific intelligence that a passenger travelling from Dubai to Hyde-rabad would be carrying a suitcase having gold concealed in it, officers of the DRI at Hyderabad launched an operation on Tue-sday and held three persons. Of the three intercepted at the exit gate of RGIA, one landed at Hyderabad from Dubai by flight 6E-025, and the other two arrived at Hyd-erabad from Jaipur by flight I5-1543.
“When the passenger who arrived from Dubai was handing over the suitcase to the two domestic passengers from Jaipur, they were intercepted. On examination, the suitcase was found to be containing a toolkit, which included a hammer. Two pieces of gold having 24-carat purity were concealed deep inside the metal head of the hammer. The recovered pieces weighed about 931 gm, valued at Rs 39 lakh,” said an official from the DRI.
The Hyderabad unit officials also realised another passenger arriving at Mumbai from Dubai would be handing over a suitcase to two passengers arriving at Mumbai from Jaipur. The Hyderabad unit alerted its counterparts at Mumbai, following which those three passengers were also arrested and 931 gm of gold seized.
Further, the Hyderabad zone DRI sleuths arrested two others who also arrived at RGIA from Dubai on Tuesday. On examining them, officials found 650 gm of gold. “One passenger was carrying a juicer in which 160 gm of gold was concealed deep inside the motor. The second passenger was carrying 550 gm of gold paste concealed in his rectum. 490 gm of 24 carat gold was extracted from this paste,” the official added....