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3 held in Mumbai for smuggling 700kg of gold

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed a racket last week, which smuggled in 700kg of gold into Mumbai in a little over a year. All three members of gang are currently in judicial custody, who smuggled gold worth Rs 175 crore, in the past one-and-a-half years. The further investigation of the DRI is in process.

One of the arrested accused is a businessman, while the other two are carriers. The carriers have been identified as Suresh Rajpurohit and Natwar Chawda, who were caught while travelling in a train with the gold. The duo were travelling from Kolkata to Mumbai, carrying smuggled gold worth Rs 3.5 crore, which weighed 12kg. On a tip off, the DRI officials boarded the train at Igatpuri station and constantly kept a watch on them. The two were caught while alighting from the train at Igatpuri. According to DRI, both the accused have admitted their crime.

The gold, concealed in a sleeveless jacket made of canvas, with six pockets, was seized under provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.

According to the officlas of DRI, the gold was first brought from Dubai to Bangladesh and then smuggled into India. Rajpurohit and Chawda told officials that they were working for one Mithesh Jain, owner of Hidant Creations at Zaveri Bazar.

Both the carriers said they had travelled around 40 times to Kolkata in similar fashion, each time carrying 7-8kg of gold in bars of one kg each which they handed over to Jain.

Jain was summoned to the DRI office and statements of all three were recorded. He admitted to having received around 700 kg of foreign marked gold bars brought from Kolkata in the last one-and-half years from the carriers. The three have been remanded in judicial custody till August 19.