Thursday, June 07, 2018

Man who smuggled in 100kg gold arrested

Mumbai: The air intelligence unit of customs has arrested an Indian national based in Singapore, who is believed to have smuggled in more than 100kg of gold.
The kingpin identified as Prakasham Kannian, who has been running the smuggling syndicate from Singapore, was arrested on June 4 after he arrived at Chennai airport. “There was a lookout notice against him. The immigration officials detained him and alerted us and our Chennai team then arrested him,” said a senior customs official.
Prakasham runs a jewellery showroom in Singapore and has a house in Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. Officials said that Prakasham’s name had cropped up during investigation of several smuggling cases. In July 2017, a Malaysian and a Singpore national tried to smuggle in 4kg of gold worth Rs 1.3 crore by hiding the bars inside their innerwear. The two later confessed that they were carrying the consignment in Prakasham’s instruction and paid $500. “They told us that one Anand Mishra was to take delivery of the gold. Mishra was detained and he told us that he used to collect the gold from passengers sent by Prakasham and than deliver it to one Raja Bhai in Zaveri Bazar. Mishra said that he had delivered around 75kg of gold and the entire money was sent to Prakasham via Chennai through hawala operators,” said an official.
07/06/18 Ahmed Ali/Times of India