Mangaluru, Sept. 21, 2018: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seize 12 tola bars of Gold valued Rs. 47 lakhs at Mangalore International Airport on September 20, 2018.
Acting on credible intelligence that one International passenger by name Nizar Khadar Mulleria, aged about 32 years of Mulleria, Kasargod, Kerala arriving by Spicejet Flight No. SG-60 from Dubai to Mangalore at around 18.15 hrs on September 20, 2018 would attempt to smuggle gold into the country in connivance with one of the staff of Mangalore International Airport , the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Regional Unit, Mangalore, mounted surveillance at the Mangalore International Airport.
On arrival of the Aircraft from Dubai, the said passenger Nizar Khadar Mulleria was identified and intercepted right at the Aircraft door and was escorted to Customs Arrival area and subjected to thorough checking. On checking his hand baggage, a brown coloured valet bag was found. On thorough check of the said valet bag, a black coloured mobile phone cover (pouch) was found. It was observed that the said so called mobile was heavier than usual. On opening the said mobile cover(pouch) it was found that 12 tola bars of gold of foreign origin(intact) and 1 sheet of gold of foreign origin were cleverly concealed inside said mobile phone cover(pouch) by using black/silver adhesive tapes in order to avoid detection.
The said gold pieces weighed 1515.270 grams in total and were found to be of 24 Karat purity and their current market value was placed at around Rs. 47 lakhs. The contraband gold was later seized by the officers of DRI under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The passenger Nizar Khadar Mulleria was arrested for attempting to smuggle gold bars into the country.
Further, working on the Intelligence one official working at the Mangalore International Airport was also rounded up for interrogation and crucial evidences regarding abetment of smuggling of contraband gold was recovered. The search of the official’s residence led to recovery and seizure of Rs. 25 lakhs in cash which was purportedly received for abetting the illegal activity. The said officer was also arrested under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962.
Investigation in the matter is under progress.