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Gold smuggling: 5 Kenyan women among 8 held | Mumbai News

Five Kenyan women and three Indians were arrested after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted an international gold smuggling racket and seized gold, Indian currency and foreign currencies totally worth Rs 11 crore in the past two days.

The Kenyan women were involved in smuggling gold of foreign origin into India while the Indian citizens from Kalbadevi gold market were involved in buying, melting and selling the smuggled gold.

The DRI received specific information about a syndicate involved in smuggling of foreign origin gold, following which it carried out raids at two Kalbadevi shops and seized gold and cash on September 9.

During the probe, one Samadhan Gurav surfaced as one of the key members of the syndicate who was also operating a gold melting unit in a Masjid. This unit was also raided and gold worth Rs 1.05 crore and foreign currency worth Rs 84.05 lakh were seized.

After raids, the DRI arrested suspects Samadhan Gurav, 35, Sagar Shinde, 34 and Jabra Ram Mali, 33. The agency also discovered that some foreign nationals who allegedly smuggled gold into India were still staying in hotels in South Mumbai.

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Following this, the DRI on Wednesday night nabbed five Kenyan women; Fatuma Ah-med, Hodam Sheikh Abdikarim, Amina Mohamed, Habon Mahamudu and Farhiya Hassan.

“The Kenyan women would smuggle gold from foreign countries to India and would call Gurav after reaching Mumbai.

Gurav would then get the smuggled gold collected from the respective hotels the African women are staying,” said a source.

He would then melt the gold and refine it and sell it to accused Jabra Ram Mali in Indian currency and then he would convert them into foreign currency and hand them over to Kenyan women, the source added.

Everyone involved in the syndicate would make good profit at their respective levels, said another source. Gurav similarly also worked for other gold smuggling rackets, the second source said.

DRI suspects that Mali used to buy 2-4 kg of smuggled gold every day.

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All the accused have been arrested under relevant sections of the Customs Act.

Advocate Prabhakar Tripathi representing the foreign nationals said that the arrested women are innocent and nothing has been recovered from their person and that they are falsely implicated in the case.

“They have been sent to judicial custody by the court and we have filed a bail application for them,” Tripathi said.

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