The trio had hidden the yellow metal in three separate suitcases and were apprehended before they could come out of the airport, a police statement said. While coming out of the airport, they were seen behaving oddly, which led police to follow them until the airport gate and apprehend them. Airport authorities suspect that Indians are trying to smuggle gold to India through the Nepal-India border which is porous and easy to pass through. Similarly, on May 3 and 4, five other Indian nationals were arrested from TIA with 12.357 kg of gold. They had smuggled the yellow metal from the Gulf and landed here via separate flights.
Pallikal Salavaden of Kerala was arrested with 2.357 kg of gold May 4 after travelling on a Qatar Airways flight to Kathmandu.
Another Indian, Astaf Mahmood of Karnataka, was arrested the same day with three kg of gold. On May 3 night, three Indians were arrested with six kg of gold. They have been identified as Abdul, 36, Safi Fijal, 41, and Rejji Anwar, 42, all three are from Kerala.
All the eight Indians are in police custody and investigations are underway, police said. (IANS)