Author: Shivom Seth
Posted: Wednesday , 19 Mar 2014
MUMBAI (MINEWEB) -
Ten Afghan nationals, including nine women, were arrested at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on the night of March 18, as they allegedly tried to smuggle in 38 kilograms of gold worth $1 million (Rs 100 million).
The arrests - the first time officials uncovered large-scale involvement of Afghan nationals - reveal the new heights to which gold smuggling has reached in India with the government curbing imports of the precious metal into the country.
According to airport officials several cases of Afghan nationals trying to smuggle gold into the country have been reported in the last 15 days and meantime official data points to surging gold seizures. ...