Mangaluru, Nov. 3: Acting on specific information the DRI- Mangaluru, seize 10 Gold Tola bars weighing 1166.500 Grams at Mangalore International Airport on November 03, 2017.
The information received by them showed that some passenger (whose identity was not clearly known) who had arrived by Spicejet Flight No.SG60 from Dubai to Mangalore International Airport on 03.11.2017 at about 18.00 hrs. had dropped a packet containing gold of foreign origin brought by him inside one of the Toilets situated next to the Immigration area of International arrivals.
It was a preplaned move that the said packet containing gold would be retrieved later on by some cleaning staff having access to the said Toilet. Acting on the said information, the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Mangalore Regional Unit rushed to the Airport immediately and conducted a thorough search of the said Toilets on 03.11.2017. During the course of the search operation, a small packet containing some metal objects wrapped in black insulation tapes was recovered from a drainage outlet of one of the Toilets. On opening the said packet, the same was found to contain 10 Nos. of Gold Tola bars of foreign origin.
The total weight of the said 10 Nos. of Gold Tola bars recovered was found to be 1166.500 Grams and they were made of 24 Carat purity gold and the total current market value of the said Gold Bars is Rs.34,17,845/-. The contraband gold was later seized by the officers of DRI, Mangalore Regional Unit under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.
Further investigation in the case is in progress to identify and nab the culprit passenger and his associates.