Three people were detained by the Ganeshpeth Police on suspicion of participating in a gold smuggling operation, and gold bars worth Rs 15 lakh that were imported from Dubai by allegedly avoiding customs duty were also found.
The defendants, who allegedly committed robberies as well, were accused of concealing the gold in punching machines, staplers, and large hammers with wooden handles.
Police removed Irshad Khan Residents of Nagaur, Rajasthan, Ishad Khan, Akram Malik Din Mohammad, and Rahul Harishchandra Yadav were taken into prison and questioned.
The suspects are thought to be part of an international group that smuggles technology and gold out of Dubai.
According to Police, Mohammad Ali Jahangir Ali a resident of Nagpur, Rajasthan, was standing near Agyaram Devi Chowk, around 5.20 am on September 5. Four men, including the suspects, came in a Toyota Innova car and thrashed him. They then took away his bag containing four iPhones, four Rolex wrist watches, mixer and other valuables.
The bag was sent from Dubai by Mohammad Ali Jahangir Ali’s friend with one Vakil Sahani. Mohammad Ali collected the bag from him at the airport and was returning to his hotel when the incident took place. Following Mohammad Ali’s complaint, Ganeshpeth Police had registered a case under Sections
392 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. During investigation, cops got specific inputs that the Dubai-based
gang was sending the gold with some labourers in their bags which were either exchanged at the parking
area of the airport or snatched away at some place by agents.
A police team, led by Senior PI Bharat Kshirsagar under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar kept a strict vigil at the airport and nabbed Rahul Yadav with a bag that contained big hammers with wooden handles, staplers and punching machines. Upon checking the bag, police found gold bars worth Rs 15 lakh hidden in the staplers and punching machines.
After conducting a preliminary investigation, police alerted the customs officials in this regard.