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India: Five held in Goa on gold smuggling, money laundering charges

India: Five held in Goa on gold smuggling, money laundering charges

GOA: Five people who are said to be natives are held by Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in Goa who are alleged to be involved in gold smuggling and money laundering.

Cases have been booked against Shaikh Mohammad Javid and Prakash Manotgi (both from Goa) and Mohammad Saleem Musba, Imtiyaaz Hussain as well as Mohammad Asif (from Karnataka), an ED press note said on Monday.

The accused were arrested by the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs Department during a raid on July 7, which had yielded 19.49 kg of gold worth Rs 5 crore from Manotgi, who worked as Air India’s a ground staff, the press note said.

“The gold was handed over to Manotgi by three people from Karnataka at the airport. Manotgi had confessed that he was entrusted with the task of collecting the gold by Shaikh Javid,” the press note said. Shaikh Javid is allegedly the mastermind behind gold smuggling at the Goa Airport and had attempted to do the same on earlier occasions, the press note said. Javid owns several properties in Goa suspected to be earned through smuggling, the press note said.