DRI seizes about 18 kg gold worth Rs 5.8 Cr smuggled from Bangladesh
By TIOL News Service
NEW DELHI, MAY 26, 2019: IN well-coordinated operations conducted back to back not far from the Indo- Bangladesh Border at Ghojadanga, beside the Ichamati river, Directorate of Revenue Inteligence (DRI) seizes 17.66 kgs of Gold smuggled from Bangladesh valued at Rs 5.77 Crores and arrests two persons - First operation leads to recovery of 12.86 kgs and the second follow up operation yields 4.8 kgs
Acting on intelligence, a team of DRI officers rushed to Basirhat in the early morning of 22.05.2019 and mounted surveillance on the Basirhat side (Dhaltitha) of Itindaghat ferry ghat. At about 12:00 hrs, the DRI officers identified one boy with a back pack on a ferry coming from Itindaghat side whose appearance was in accordance with the infromation. The DRI officers stopped the boy, who otherwise appeared to be a student.
However, on questioning, he admitted that he was carrying packets of gold biscuits of foreign origin smuggled into India from Bangladesh, concealed inside his back pack. Considering the aspect of safety and security of the person intercepted and the contraband that he was carrying and for a proper and conducive environment for conducting the search the boy was brought to DRI office in Kolkata under summons.
Search of the back pack led to the recovery of 112 pcs of gold biscuits concealed in 11 plastic pouches cumulatively weighing 12.86 Kgs having a market value of Rs 4.20 crores which were then seized. The gold biscuits are of Singapore, Swiss and UAE origin. The boy was arrested and produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate who ordered that he being a minor be sent to the custody of the Juvenile Justice Board.
Investiagtions done by DRI indicated that possibly another lot of smuggled gold of foreign origin was stored in a house at Vill & P.O: Harishpur, P.S: Basirhat, Dist: North 24 parganas. Accordingly, a follow up search was conducted at the said house on 24.05.2017.
On search of the said residence, 48 gold biscuits of foreign origin concealed in plastic pouches, cumulatively weighing 4.8 kgs and having a market value of Rs 1.57 crores were recovered and seized. A second person has been arrested.
From interrogation of the accused persons and the search of the earmarked premises, it appears that poverty and lure of easy money made these persons indulge in such illegal acitivities. The juvenile person arrested was in fact to go for a tution after completing the acitivity of smuggling and delivery of the contraband.