Gold worth about Rs 40 lakh seized from air passenger in Andhra

Over 1,269 grams of gold valued at around Rs 40 lakh, smuggled from Sri Lanka, was seized from a passenger at Rajamahendravaram airport in Andhra Pradesh, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said Sunday.

Based on specific intelligence, DRI sleuths from Kakinada intercepted a passenger who arrived by a flight from Hyderabad on September 14.

On examination he was found carrying the gold paste weighing 1269.85 gms concealed in his innerwear, a release from the DRI’s (Hyderabad Zonal Unit) said here.

According to preliminary investigation, the gold was smuggled from Colombo to Madurai in Tamil Nadu, but was left behind by his accomplice in the aircraft which was later operated in the domestic sector to Rajamahendravaram airport via Hyderabad.

The smuggled gold has been seized under Customs Act, 1962.

Further investigation is in on, the release added.

First Published: Sep 16, 2018 18:48 IST

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