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Over 100 kg smuggled gold worth Rs 51 crore seized by DRI; 7 Sudanese among 10 held

The seized gold, mostly in paste form, was brought to Patna through the Indo-Nepal border

Over 100 kg smuggled gold worth Rs 51 crore seized by DRI; 7 Sudanese among 10 held

The smuggled gold was confiscated after interceptions at Patna, Pune and Mumbai. Photo Credit: Twitter



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Mumbai, February 21

In a pan-India operation, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a gold smuggling syndicate involving Sudanese nationals operating through the Indo-Nepal border and seized 101.7 kg of the yellow metal valued at around Rs 51 crore and also arrested ten persons, an official said on Tuesday.

The smuggled gold was confiscated after interceptions at Patna, Pune and Mumbai and at least ten persons linked to the syndicate -- seven Sudanese nationals and three Indians -- were arrested during the crackdown named 'Operation Golden Dawn', he said.

Indian and foreign currency notes worth more than Rs 1.35 crore were also recovered during the DRI action.

The seized gold, mostly in paste form, was brought to Patna through the Indo-Nepal border and then transported via trains or by air to different parts of the country, largely to Mumbai, said the official.

Acting on specific information, DRI officials intercepted three Sudanese nationals on late Sunday night while they were boarding a Mumbai-bound train at the Patna railway station, he said.

Gold paste containing gold weighing 37.126 kg and hidden in 40 packets was recovered from two Sudanese nationals, who had ingeniously concealed the precious metal in a specially made cavity of the sleeveless jackets worn by them, the official said.

The third foreign national was a handler coordinating smuggling activity at border areas and arranging transport of smuggled gold, he said.

A second set of two Sudanese women were intercepted on Monday in Pune while they were travelling from Hyderabad to Mumbai in a bus with 5.615 kg of smuggled gold, the official said.

The seized yellow metal was in an assorted form and concealed in handbags, he said.

A third set of two Sudanese nationals travelling to Mumbai from Patna were intercepted at a railway station in the financial capital on Monday. Gold paste containing gold weighing 38.76 kg and concealed in 40 packets was recovered from them, the official informed.

In all, the DRI seized approximately 101.7 kg gold valued at Rs 51 crore along with Rs 74 lakh worth of foreign currency and Rs 63 lakh in Indian notes, he said, adding further investigation was in progress.

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