Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 29
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized practically 84 kg gold value Rs43 crore from eight individuals on the New Delhi Railway Station.
Acting on particular intelligence, the sleuths from Delhi Zonal Unit of the DRI intercepted eight passengers who reached New Delhi Railway Station on Friday by the Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and seized from their possession 504 smuggled gold bars of international origin, mentioned a high DRI official.
The gold bars had been discovered to be hid in specifically tailor-made material vests worn by these carriers, the official mentioned, including that smugglers had been touring on faux id (Aadhar card).
The intelligence inputs point out that the recovered gold bars, carrying international markings, had been smuggled into India from Myanmar by means of the worldwide land border at Moreh in Manipur and the smuggling syndicate working from Guwahati was trying to get rid of the contraband within the cities of Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai which have thriving markets for the yellow steel and jewelry made therefrom.
The smuggling syndicate sourced and recruited poor and needy people from numerous components of the nation, to behave as carriers of smuggled gold, by luring them with the prospect of fast and simple cash.
The smugglers used air, land and rail routes to domestically transport the smuggled gold.
The seized gold bars are of 99.9 per cent purity and collectively weigh 83.621 kg. The market worth of the recovered contraband is near Rs 43 crore, mentioned the official.
The eight carriers have been arrested beneath the Customs Act, 1962 and remanded to judicial custody. Further investigation is in progress.