Hyderabad: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officers arrested two men for smuggling gold from Sharjah to Hyderabad. The intelligence officers, acting upon special inputs, found that one of the men was carrying 652.95 grammes of gold in liquid form.
Investigation revealed that the Lucknow-based man hid the gold paste in his jeans by stitching it over the bottom area and waistband. According to the accused, he was supposed to deliver the parcel to the conduit waiting outside the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad. Intelligence officials also arrested the associate. The passenger was carrying the gold paste on request of a friend who asked him to deliver it to the associate.
After further investigations, officials learnt that the gold was smuggled, since the accused didn’t have any documents to prove the purchase or import of the gold.
The 652.95 grammes of gold extracted from the gold paste is valued at Rs 2,461,621 and has been seized under Customs Act 1962, said the officials. The passenger and the associate have been arrested, and further investigations are under progress.