Gold smuggling has links in Hyderabad

Police confirm that these gangs help smugglers based in Dubai to dispatch gold by courier to Mumbai.

By Author  |  Published: 17th May 2018  1:08 am
Gold sheets seized by Customs officials at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on May 4. (File Photo)

Hyderabad: The large scale gold smuggling from Dubai to Mumbai via the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad appears to have some connections in the city, with police finding out that fraudsters from the old city here were aiding the smugglers.

These crooks not only provide logistics but also help smugglers based in Dubai to dispatch gold to Mumbai by courier. The smugglers maintain contacts with local gangs in the city through WhatsApp to share information about the passenger, who would bring gold from Dubai.

They also give information on the recipient’s features and the dress he/she wears along with his/her photograph a few minutes before the arrival of the flight to collect the gold, officials said.

Investigators probing the case related to the seizure of 1,099.870 grams of gold from a woman passenger at the RGIA a few days ago had found that the smugglers were effectively using the local gang network to successfully deliver the smuggled gold to their contacts in Mumbai.

The passenger along with half a dozen persons was nabbed by the customs officials at the RGIA. Smugglers took the assistance of four persons from Kerala and two from Hyderabad to execute their plan.

In their statements, they had confessed that they have cleared five such consignments in the four days before the racket was busted, and shifted seven kgs of gold to Mumbai after it was smuggled from Dubai to the RGIA.

Officials said the members of the gang could be getting good remuneration for successfully completing their task. Instead of regularly sending passengers with the gold to Shamshabad airport, smugglers were selecting different airports each with a gap of 15 days to prevent being caught.

“If there is tight security at one airport, then they book tickets for passengers to another airport to smuggle the gold,” the official said.