The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials seized 87.05 kg gold concealed in a car near Siliguri on Friday night, setting a record for the largest seizure of gold by any agency in India.
The car, headed towards Kolkata, was coming from Myanmar and the gold in the form of bars was hidden in its door panel.
“The earlier record haul was of about 60 kg by the Gujarat police in Ahmedabad a few months ago,” KVS Singh, additional director general of the Kolkata zonal unit, told HT.
The consignment crossed the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and then entered Bengal through Assam.
“Acting on a tip off, our men intercepted the car on the outskirts of Siliguri and recovered 87.058 kg gold valued at Rs 23.5 crore. Investigation is on to find the kingpin of the racket,” added Singh.
The two accused, a 30-year old Imphal resident and a 36-year old Assam resident, were produced in a Siliguri court on Saturday and remanded to police custody.
Over the past few years, there has been a steady rise in gold hauls across the country.
In the past two years, DRI and customs have seized gold at various locations in Kolkata, with DRI alone seizing around 520 kg.
In 2013-14, gold smuggling cases jumped to 2,441 from 869 in 2012-13.