The Tax Intelligence Directorate (DRI) arrested a customs inspector for his alleged involvement in smuggling gold at Tiruchi International Airport. Four passengers and three “receivers” were also caught in the case.
Acting on intelligence intelligence, a DRI team intercepted four air passengers who landed here from Sharjah on an Air India Express flight on Sunday evening.
During the investigation, according to airport sources, it was discovered that the passengers had hidden gold in the form of paste in their rectum and they were held for questioning. The team also grabbed three suspected “receivers” waiting outside the terminal and burned them as well. The alleged involvement of customs inspector Dharmendra Singh has come to light.
The gold in paste form was sent for chemical treatment, which resulted in gold weighing 3.2 kg valued at ₹ 1.6 crore. The eight people, including the customs inspector, were arrested and brought before the district court here and remanded in custody. The contraband gold was seized. Further investigation was underway.
Last month, the DRI in separate operations seized more than 11 kg of gold from 10 passengers at the airport.
Three years ago, the anti-corruption branch of the Central Investigation Bureau carried out a surprise check at Tiruchi airport based on reports that customs officials were colluding with smugglers to evade customs duties. . The ACB brought action against six customs officials, including a deputy commissioner who allegedly received bribes.