DRI seizes 8 kg gold, arrests 4 including airport officials in Hyderabad

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.2 crore at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad here and arrested four persons including two airport security officials.

Hyderabad: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.2 crore at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad here and arrested four persons including two airport security officials.

DRI (Hyderabad Zonal Unit) additional director general M K Singh said in a release that acting on a tip-off, the contraband was seized from the parking lot of the airport yesterday while it was being handed over.

"Two officials of security wing of the airport operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd received the gold near the Aerobridge from a passenger who had arrived from Dubai on Emirates flight," Singh said.

The officials then walked out of the terminal building without any customs check by moving through restricted-access using 'access card', taking advantage of their official position.

The passenger and the security officials had received each other's photographs from the kingpin of the racket through WhatsApp, so that they could identify each other.

After receiving the gold, the officials went to the parking lot, where the 'receiver' of consignment, was present. At this point, DRI officials nabbed them.

The passenger who had handed over the gold to the GMR security officials was intercepted at the exit of arrival lounge.

All the four accused were produced before a city court today which remanded them in a 14-day judicial custody.

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