More than 9 kg Gold Seized in Thai Flight Landing at Bengaluru

·         Rummaging resulted in recovery of 6.834 kg of gold in bar form and crude form concealed inside abandoned handbags in the aircraft.

·         Another 2.18 kg of gold in bar form was recovered and seized by officers of the DRI on rummaging an Emirates flight that arrived from Dubai

[ABS News Service/08.06.2024]

In two separate incidents, a total of 9 kg of gold was seized in Bengaluru airport by the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Tuesday (4 June) morning and two suspects reportedly smuggled the illegal gold from Thailand. The seized gold is valued at ₹6.29 crore.

According to the report, DRI authorities got specific input that a syndicate would conceal gold inside an aircraft. In a statement, the officials said, “The officers of DRI Bengaluru rummaged through the Thai Airways flight from Bangkok, which landed at Bangalore International Airport. The rummaging resulted in recovery of 6.834 kg of gold in bar form and crude form concealed inside abandoned handbags in the aircraft.”

Two suspects traced through the documents found in abandoned bags. They also enquired and managed to detain the suspects, before they fled the airport. The reports also said that the suspects confirmed that the bags belonged to them and they smuggled the gold.

After a few hours, 2.18 kg of gold in bar form was recovered and seized by officers of the DRI on rummaging an Emirates flight that arrived from Dubai at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. The contraband was concealed in the front lavatory of the aircraft. The government-certified assayer valued the gold at ₹1.52 crore.