Diary of a Gold Smuggler

True Crime

Diary of a Gold Smuggler

Illustration: Saachi Mehta

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he offer was too good to refuse. Prasad had to say yes. As soon as he did, the man with the smooth voice took out his phone and clicked a picture of him. The image would be circulated to 35 people around the world, he was told. It was a reassurance and a warning: He would be taken care of by the wide nexus, but there was no getting away once he was in.

₹30,000 was the money on offer and all he had to do was take a trip to Dubai. He would have to carry cash, American dollars, and while flying out return with gold. It was that simple. Plus, he would finally get to sit on an airplane.

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