Six of the seven,held from Ahmedabad airport in connection with a gold smuggling case,have alleged before a local court that they were beaten up by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials during interrogation.
The seven accused,who were produced before a court late on Thursday night,were asked by the magistrate if they have any complaint to lodge against the agency. Following this,six accused,employees of a well-known ground handling agency (Cambata Aviation) and an international airlines (Air Arabia),informed the court that they were beaten up by the DRI officials.
One of the accused,Jay S Vaidya,who showed the injury marks on his forehead and arm,was sent to civil hospital for medical examination along with others. These accused,identified as Mayur Puchariya,Manvendra Singh,Jay S Vaidya (Air Arabia) and Feroz Sheikh,Arpit Rawal,Dhawal Joshi and Sameer Mansuri (Cambata Aviation),were caught by the DRI officials for operating a racket from the airport for smuggling gold. The accused were sent to judicial custody on Thursday. They filed applications for interim bail which were rejected by the court on Friday.
On Wednesday,DRI officials had caught a passengers after arriving from Sharjah in Air Arabia flight with three kg gold worth about Rs 75 lakh. The DRI officials acted on a tip-off and apprehended the passenger following the racket was busted.
DRI officials said the modus operandi of the gang was such that no agency,including customs that scans passengers luggage,got a whiff of it. They said the alleged gang members would collect the consignment from the passenger and keep it to themselves instead of going through the customs clearance.