Seven persons, counting four staffers of Indigo and Spicejet airlines, were captured by the customs officials at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here for supposedly run in contraband into the country gold worth Rs 72.46 lakh, an official statement said on Saturday. Three persons were caught by the customs officials after their arrival from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, it said.
Detailed personal and luggage search of the two travelers resulted in the rescue of two gold bar pieces and one gold biscuit collectively weighing 517.2 grams and valued at Rs 22.89 lakh, the statement issued by the customs department said. One of the passengers has surrendered to have handed over 160 grams of gold to Indigo airline staff, it said.
On the basis of inquiry, it has emerged that three members of a syndicate of Indigo airline and one member of Spicejet were also engaged in smuggling of gold and they have also acknowledged their involvement in the smuggling of 960 grams gold previously, the statement said. The total value of the smuggled commodity including previously smuggled gold comes to Rs 72.46 lakh, it added.
All the seven indicted— three passengers along with four syndicate members — have been arrested, the statement said.
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