Mangaluru: In  one of the biggest seizure of Gold of the decade in Mangalore,  5 Kgs and valued at Rs. 2 Crores was seized at the Air Cargo Complex, Mangaluru.

Acting on a tip-off the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Bangalore and Mangalore in a co-ordinated effort unraveled a unique modus of smuggling of gold through Air Cargo Complex, at old airport, Bajpe Mangalore on Monday.

The smuggled gold was concealed in 5 metal sprockets which were imported by M/s Swaroop Mineral Pvt Ltd of Udupi in the name of “mining conveyor drive chain”.  

The gold was deftly concealed inside the heavy metal sprockets by way of a groove and gave only slight hint of tampering on physical examination. The scanning of the said wheels added to the suspicion and finally the officers could retrieve the gold with the help of local mechanic and lathe machine at Bajpe. 

On examination by the authorized Jeweller, 05 round plates weighed 4,995 grams by net weight after discounting the weight of aluminium coating.  The gold pieces were found to be of 24 Karat purity and their current market value was placed at around 2 Crores. 

The contraband gold was later seized by the officers of DRI under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The active director of M/s. Swaroop Mineral Resources Shri Manohar Kumar Poojari involved in the case was arrested at Bangalore on the same day in a co-ordinated effort by DRI Bangalore. 

Shri Lohith Shriyan, a person hailing from Ashoknagar looking after the logistics of smuggling was also arrested by DRI Mangalore. 

Further investigation in the smuggling case is in progress to unearth the other members of the syndicate and the investors in the case.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka on Friday reported the biggest single-day spike of 7,908 new cases of COVID-19 and 104 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 2,11,108 and the death toll to 3,717, the health department said.

The day also saw 6,940 patients getting discharged after recovery. The previous single-day spike was on August 12 with 7,883 cases.

Out of the 7,908 fresh cases, 2,452 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

As of August 14 evening, 2,11,108 positive cases have been confirmed and they included 3,717 deaths and 1,28,182 discharges, the health bulletin said.

Out of 79,201 active cases, 78,454 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 747 are in the intensive care unit (ICU), it said.

A total of 22 out of 104 deaths reported on Friday were from Bengaluru urban followed by Mysuru (10), Ballari (9), Dharwad (8), Davangere and Udupi (7), Dakshina Kannada (6), Belagavi, Kalaburagi and Koppal (5), Shivamogga (3), Raichur, Tumkur, Hassan, Vijayapura, Haveri and Chamrajanagara (2), and Gadag, Mandya, Chikkamagaluru, Bidar and Uttara Kannada (1).

Most of the dead were either with a history of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) or influenza-like illness (ILI).

Among the districts which saw the new cases, Bengaluru urban accounted for 2,452, Ballari 608, Shivamogga 413, Davangere 351, Belagavi 334, Udupi 322, Dakshina Kannada 307, Mysuru 291, Kalaburagi 229, Raichur 220 and Dharwad 219 followed by others.

Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 84,185 infections, followed by Ballari 13,048 and Mysuru 9,280.

Among those discharged, too, Bengaluru urban topped the list with 49,392 followed by Ballari 6,948 and Kalaburagi 6,150.

A total of 19,38,954 samples have been tested so far, out of which 56,638 were tested on Friday alone. Among the samples tested during the day, 29,422 were rapid antigen tests.