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Under DRI scanner for gold smuggling allegations, jeweller jumps to death

The jeweller, Gaurav Gupta, took the extreme step after the sleuths from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) raided his house and seized unaccounted gold and silver jewellery and cash from there

The Hush Post: Under the scanner of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegations of smuggling, a jeweller from Delhi jumped to death from the DRI office building in Central Delhi on Wednesday.

The jeweller, identified as Gaurav Gupta (40), took the extreme step after the sleuths from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) raided his house and shop situated in Shalimar Bagh in Delhi and seized unaccounted gold and silver jewellery and cash from there on April 24 and 25. The DRI officials had seized 41 kg foreign-marked gold, 213 kg silver bullion and Rs 48 lakh cash from his house, The Indian Express reported.

The DRI sleuths also raided his shop and seized 35 kg foreign-marked gold hidden in the door panel of a safe. The estimated value of the seized goods was at about Rs 13 crore, the report said.

After the raids, Gupta went to the DRI office and entered the building on a visitor’s pass. Gupta had visited the DRI office, along with his father, the DRI and the police said the jeweller had not been called for questioning, The Indian Express reported.

The DRI sleuths had seized a locker during the raids and the two had reportedly gone to the office to open the locker. “Gupta’s father was asked to accompany a staff to open the locker. His father went for the same while Gupta waited inside the visitors’ room. At the time, some other staff was also inside the room, including an AC repairman,” a police officer was quoted as saying.

While his father had gone to open locker, the jeweller noticed a narrow opening left due to the AC repair work and reportedly jumped out of the sixth floor. He was rushed to the Safdarjung Hospital by the DRI officers but he could not be saved. The Delhi police have started investigations in this incident.

“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 DRI was quoted as saying by a  news agency. The statement further said that the jeweller was “neither summoned nor arrested.”

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