Wednesday, October 14, 2020

NIA arrests 2 main conspirators in Jaipur gold smuggling case

New Delhi: The NIA has arrested two people, who used to work in Riyadh, for their alleged involvement in smuggling over 18 kg gold from Saudi Arabia, an official said on Wednesday.

Chuna Ram and Aizaz Khan, both residents of Rajasthan''s Nagaur district, were arrested on Tuesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson said.

The agency also conducted searches at four locations in Rajasthan in connection with the case pertaining to the seizure of smuggled gold bars weighing 18.5 kg at the Jaipur International Airport on July 3, the official said.

Customs officials at the airport had made the seizure and arrested 10 people.

The accused had arrived from Riyadh on a Spice Jet flight, the official said, adding they and their associates entered into a criminal conspiracy to smuggle gold into India.

The gold in the form of bars and biscuits was concealed inside batteries of emergency lights and kept in the checked-in baggage (cartons) of the accused, the NIA official said.

14/10/20 PTI/Outlook

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