Jeweler jumps to death from revenue intelligence office over gold smuggling allegations

Leslie Hanson
April 26, 2018

A Delhi-based jeweller, who was at the DRI office in connection with an alleged gold smuggling case, on Wednesday jumped to death from the probe agency's building in the CGO complex area in New Delhi, according to an official statement. Gaurav Gupta was being investigated in connection with alleged smuggling of gold.

In a release, the DRI said: "A total of Rs 13 crore smuggled goods were seized from Gaurav Gupta's possession".

The jeweller jumped off the DRI building shortly after a raid was conducted at his store and residence in the city.

The officers had seized a locker during the raids and the two had reportedly gone to the office to open the locker.

The incident took place around noon when Gupta was waiting in the visitors' room. "At the time, some other staff were also inside the room, including an AC repairman", said a police officer. Although the officials present at the CGO complex rushed him to the Safdarjung Hospital but he was declared brought dead. During this raid campaign, the team of DRI recovered from Gaurav Gupta's house six kg of gold mark and 213 kg of silver.

While the AC fix work was under way, Gupta suddenly fell from the sixth floor through a narrow opening, claimed police, adding that they suspect it to be a suicide. DRI officials and Central Industrial Security Force personnel took Gupta to the nearby Safdarjung hospital.

"Unfortunately, the owner of the smuggled goods, who had visited the DRI office today, jumped through the window of the visitor's room at around 12 PM today", the Press Trust of India quoted the directorate's statement as saying.

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