In a state-wide operation, sleuths from DRI arrested 8 persons who had been smuggling gold bars concealed in the handles of cutting pliers and seized 5.9 kg gold worth nearly Rs 1.8 crore from them in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.
The DRI said that it has “busted” a “smuggling syndicate,” recovering 5.9 kg of gold bars and jewellery smuggled in from Dubai and Singapore, and valued at Rs. 1.80 crore.
Four persons have been arrested in connection with the smuggling, the DRI said in a statement.
Based on intelligence, special teams of DRI officers were deployed at airports in Chennai, Tiruchirapally and Madurai, besides on a National Highway, the DRI said.
When a team of revenue intelligence sleuths on trail of an international gold smuggling racket forced halt a Maruthi Swift car near Chengalpattu on Friday, all they could initially find was a set of four ordinary cutting pliers that has no better use than tightening a bolt.
But just beneath the plastic grips of the cutting pliers were craftily designed gold rods made into the handles of the cutting pliers.