Ahmedabad hub of gold smuggling, more 1,300 crore gold smuggled to the airport

7 trips from Dubai to Ahmedabad in 5 years, Bhargava Tanti smuggled 761 kg of smuggled gold

Ahmedabad, 17 December 2020

The Bhargav Tanti gang has been busted by the Customs Department on a trip from Dubai to Ahmedabad. Who smuggled Rs 1,300 crore of gold in Ahmedabad and arrested them under Copeposa. However, the six accused escaped. The crime branch team arrested the accused Bhargav Tanti.

The search for the other four accused absconding is on. The three accused smuggled gold worth Rs 1,300 crore from Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad International Airport in a phased journey from Ahmedabad. In which Bhargav Tanti captured 761 kg of smuggled gold from 46 trips during the period 2013 to 2018.

The Customs Department sent notices to the accused, including Bhargav, as part of the proceedings, but did not attend. Therefore, an order was issued on 2 August 2019 to smuggle the smugglers under the KofPosa by the Deputy Secretary Customs.

The Customs Department informed the Commissioner of Police to send the accused to jail soon. After which the crime branch raided the search for the accused. The accused, Bhargav Kanubhai Tanti, resided in Plager Residency, Pushpakunj, Kankaria, Maninagar, which were being investigated by the Crime Branch.

The origin was reported to be from the village of Ingorda in Khambha taluka in Amreli. Based on the facts, the accused Bhargava has been handed over to the Krishnanagar police.

1300 crore gold caught even before

On 17 October 2019, Rutugna Trivedi, who is responsible for smuggling 4000 KG gold worth Rs 1300 crore into India, was finally arrested by the Customs and Central Excise Department. He smuggled this gold over a period of 5 years.

This was one of the largest cases of gold smuggling in Gujarat. The accused was sent to Sabarmati Central Jail and lodged by the local police. This year, the Customs Department seized a truck carrying 24 KG gold at Sardar Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad in June.

Police are now searching for seven other absconding people who were involved in the smuggling of gold, the Customs Department also arrested Nita Parmar who handled all the accounts of the smugglers.

Those arrested have been registered under the Foreign Exchange Protection Act and the Prevention of Trafficking Act (COFEPOS), 1974.