Women smugglers were regular gold carriers: DRI

Kochi, Nov 9 (IANS): The two women including an Air India Express cabin crew member, arrested for carrying six kg gold at the Kozhikode airport Friday, were regular carriers, according to an official of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

The two were picked up by the DRI when they landed from Dubai at the Kozhikode airport Thursday.

Speaking to IANS, the official who did not wish to be identified, said the two admitted during interrogation that they had worked as carriers on many occasions in the past also.

"They said that from July till they were caught, they have smuggled in 32 kg of gold through the Kochi, Chennai and Kozhikode airports," said the official.

The arrested cabin crew member Hiromas Sebastian, who is from Wayanad district, has been working with Air India Express for the past few years. The other arrested person has been identified as Raheela Cheerayi. Air India has already suspended its employee.

"The two arrested are close friends and the cabin crew lady was not on duty. The interrogation has just begun and they will be produced before an economic offences court here later in the day. It's too early to say if there are more women who are being used as carriers," said the DRI official.

Following the arrest of the two carriers, the DRI officials are zeroing in on businessmen based in Kannur and Kozhikode districts and also in Dubai and who are believed to be the kingpins of the smuggling racket.


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  • Tony Pinto, Mumbai - Dubai

    Sun, Nov 10 2013

    If Congress stays in POWER, REBIRTH of !!!HAJI MASTAN!!! is for sure.....???

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sun, Nov 10 2013

    This is really a bad development in our country to find more women involves in grave criminal acts including murder. Government has to observe this and take corrective steps in this regard. All the best.Thanq.

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  • Rehna, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 09 2013

    DRI officials what is the use of catching the ladies who were carriers. Really if you catch hold of the ministers then that is great

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  • Tek Verma Raja, Mangalapuram / Guruvaur

    Sat, Nov 09 2013

    Gold smuggling used for terrorist activities. Simple logic - 99% of bulk Gold smuggling indulged in by certain community.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangalore/UAE

    Sat, Nov 09 2013

    Final destination of gold... Indian Mujahideen.

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  • Hubert D'souza, Mangalore Dubai

    Sat, Nov 09 2013

    OLD is GOLD but now gold is OLD and the women smugglers are???????????????hold

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