Gold prices tumbled by Rs. 380 to Rs. 31,020 per 10 grams in New Delhi on Friday on heavy sell-off by stockists in tandem with a steep fall in overseas markets.
With the general weakening trend, silver also dropped by Rs. 2,200 to Rs. 56,900 per kg on reduced off-take by industrial units and coin-makers.
Traders said sentiment turned extremely bearish after gold tumbled in global markets, as Federal Reserve policy makers said they will probably end asset purchases this year and investors cut holdings by the most since May.
In Singapore, gold fell by $24.40 to $1,639.40 an ounce, the lowest since December 21 and silver by 2.5 per cent to $29.42.
Besides, sluggish demand at prevailing higher levels also dampened the trading sentiment.
On the domestic front, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity plunged by Rs. 380 each to Rs. 31,020 and Rs. 30,820 per 10 grams, respectively. The metal had gained Rs. 475 in last four trading sessions.
Sovereigns followed suit and shed Rs. 50 to Rs. 25,400 per piece of eight grams.
Similarly, silver ready tumbled by Rs. 2,200 to Rs. 56,900 per kg and weekly-based delivery by Rs. 2,145 to Rs. 57,020 per kg. Silver coins also dropped by Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 78,000 for buying and Rs. 79,000 for selling of 100 pieces.