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DRI busts smuggling rackets, seizes 31kg gold

DRI busts smuggling rackets, seizes 31kg gold

VIJAYAWADA: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 31.5 kg gold worth 13.3 crore in the last three days.
DRI caught three consignments in Vijayawada and one at Secunderabad railway station and arrested 13 people for transporting smuggled gold. DRI units of Nellore, Vijayawada and Hyderabad conducted a coordinated operation based on specific intelligence.
On January 31, DRI Nellore unit intercepted three passengers travelling from Chennai to Warangal in Jaipur SF Express train. They were carrying 7.228 kg of gold bars in bags. They told DRI that they carried cash from Warangal to Chennai and purchased smuggled gold of foreign origin and going to handover the gold to the mastermind in Warangal.
On February 1, DRI officers from Vijayawada intercepted three persons on board of GT Express at Vijayawada railway station. They purchased smuggled gold of foreign origin weighing about 7.077 kg and were going to Warangal to handover the gold to the mastermind.
On the same day, DRI Vijayawada and Hyderabad units intercepted a bus heading for Warangal from Guntur at Vijayawada. Four passengers were held with 6.47 kg of gold concealed in their clothes. They took the train from Chennai to Warangal but got off at Kavali in Nellore.
They took a bus to Ongole and from there to Guntur and to Warangal. All the three gangs were heading to Warangal and it was not clear whether they belonged to the same gang and the mastermind behind the smuggling racket is one person or multiple persons involved.
The fourth incident happened on Sunday at Secunderabad railway station where DRI intercepted three persons in Chennai-Hyderabad Superfast Express. DRI recovered 10.7 kg of gold bars concealed in their clothes. DRI booked cases under the Customs Act and investigation is on to trace the masterminds.