Based on intelligence, officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Visakhapatnam, intercepted two passengers traveling in the Guwahati - Secunderabad Express on January 4 at the Visakhapatnam railway station.
On examination, it was found that the passengers were carrying gold concealed inside packets in the cotton vests (banians) worn by them.
The packets were specially made for the purpose of concealment of the contraband.
The total weight of the smuggled gold was found to be 3,314 grams.
Inquiries revealed that the gold was smuggled to India from Myanmar and that someone had handed over the smuggled gold for onward transfer to Secunderabad.
The passengers did not have any valid documents to prove the licit purchase/import of the gold, and anyway admitted that the gold was smuggled into the country.
The gold, valued at Rs. 1.08 crore, was seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Two passengers and a mastermind involved in the smuggling were arrested.