Four men were arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the city airport for carrying foreign-marked 3.98 kg of gold bars (worth at least Rs 1.2 crore) concealed in their rectum.
The men are suspected to be Tamil origin. They were arrested on Thursday, while on their way from Myanmar. They arrived here in two separate flights from Kolkata and Guwahati. They are suspected to be members of an international gold-smuggling racket operating via the Myanmar border.
They are expecting more central agencies to join the probe as the arrested men used to frequently cross over into India with contraband, which changed hands in Tamil Nadu.
“We are coordinating with central agencies on how they managed to illegally cross the border with the undeclared gold. We also suspect that they were travelling from Kolkata and Guwahati on fake identities. They were not carrying their passports and other identity documents. But they managed to, and it seems they have been doing this for a while,” said a DRI source.
The two of the arrested youths arrived in a SpiceJet flight from Kolkata at around 4 pm on Thursday while the remaining two arrived later on another SpiceJet flight after 7:45 pm. The DRI officials refused to reveal further details like the fake identities that were used to buy tickets and claimed that more people will be arrested in connection with the case in the coming days. One of the arrested were carrying valid ID cards while landing in Bangalore.
“All four of them are speaking Tamil with a foreign accent and we suspect they are Myanmar Tamils. All four of them are in their early 20s. They were reportedly instructed to regroup after arriving here in Bengaluru and then head to Chennai by road to deliver the gold,” said the source.