Hyderabad: Gold worth Rs. 90 Lakh seized at airport, 5 booked

Two were carrying the smuggled gold while three others were waiting outside the airport to receive them

On Friday the Hyderabad Customs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, seized 3 kilograms gold worth around Rs. 90 lakh hidden in trolley bags. Five persons were seized in connection with the case. Two of them were carrying the smuggled gold while three others were waiting outside the airport to receive them.

"Today, we have arrested five persons in a case of smuggling of 3 kg of gold valued around 90 lakhs, which were concealed in 4 trolley bags brought by two carriers from Dubai to Hyderabad by Emirates flight. The gold was coated with aluminum", MMR Reddy who is a Commissioner at the Hyderabad Customs. The gold was coated with aluminum in order to bypass security checks and customs.

"We have also identified the kingpin in this case and search for him is on. All the five accused persons are carriers and working for the main accused person who is absconding", the senior official of the customs added. Last year as well, a total seizure of 28 kg smuggled gold worth Rs. 9 crore was made, while 13 persons were arrested in different cases.

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