Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dubai jeweller held for smuggling 50kg of gold into India

Dubai: The owner of a jewellery shop in Deira, Dubai has been arrested in Mumbai for allegedly smuggling 50 kg of gold into India with the help of his businessman brother.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) took both men into custody last week after they seized a consignment from Dubai at Mumbai’s courier terminal.

The shipment which contained 20 disc-shaped pieces of gold each weighing 2.5 kg, was headed to the Indian state of Gujarat. DRI officials said the brothers were trying to pass off the shipment as a metal consignment to hoodwink authorities.
According to reports, the duo used the same ploy to smuggle around 350kg of gold to India through 21 consignments over the past six months. Describing their modus operandi, DRI officials said the suspects would procure large quantities of gold from African countries, have them melted in Dubai before dispatching them to India as metal consignments. “They’d even hired a Pakistani man in Dubai to conceal the gold. Both men will remain in judicial custody until January 5,” said an official.
27/12/17 Gulf News