Dubai: Three Indians, who had been repatriated on a chartered flight from the UAE on Friday, have been held within the state of Rajasthan after officers seized gold value Dh2.2million from them, the federal government introduced on Saturday.
They’re prone to be positioned beneath arrest together with 11 others, who had been repatriated from Saudi Arabia, from whom gold value Dh5.5million was seized, a press release from the federal government tweeted by Press Data Bureau in Rajasthan stated.
The gold bars had been hidden in emergency lamps, photographs hooked up to the tweets confirmed.
The 14 passengers had arrived on the Jaipur Worldwide Airport by two chartered flights.
They had been intercepted by the Customs crew on the airport and 31.9kg of gold valued at Rs156,759,820 (Dh7.7million) hid within the baggage was recovered from these passengers.
Three passengers arrived from Ras Al Khaimah by Spice Jet Flight SG9055 and 12 gold bars/bricks weighing 9.3kg valued at Rs.45,761,100 (Dh2.2million) had been recovered from them, the assertion stated.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai confirmed to Gulf Information that the flight was chartered by a non-public firm for repatriating its workers.
It’s suspected that the passengers had been used as carriers to smuggle gold.
The opposite 11 accused had arrived from Riyadh and 22.65kg of gold bars, predominantly with Suisse markings, valued at Rs110,998,720 (Dh5.5million) had been recovered from them.
“The stated recovered gold bars have been seized beneath Part 110 of the Customs Act, 1962. The stated passengers are being interrogated and are prone to be positioned beneath arrest when it comes to part 104 of the Customs Act, 1962,” the assertion added.
Indian media had earlier reported comparable circumstances during which stranded Indians had been apparently lured to be carriers for smuggling gold on repatriation flights from varied international locations.
A spike in gold smuggling makes an attempt utilizing Indians getting repatriated after dropping jobs was additionally reported from the Indian state of Kerala.