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Four held for smuggling gold

The accused had boarded the Kamrup express and were to hand the gold to a contact in the Burrabazar area

kolkata Updated: Jun 25, 2013 11:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Four passengers on the Kamrup Express were arrested for smuggling gold worth crores late Sunday evening.

Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) nabbed the four passengers on the way to Kolkata and seized 14 kg 540 gm of gold bars valued at over Rs 3 crore ( Rs 3,92,56,245 as per the current market rate). The officials reportedly moved in on the accused at the AC III tier compartment as the train reached the New Jalpaiguri station.

Among those arrested was Prahlad Soni (43), a resident of Dum Dum in Kolkata. The others have been identified as Bijoy Kumar (42), his wife Chandana Devi (40) and their 17-year-old daughter. They are residents of Rohtash district in Bihar. The gold bars, 40 in total, were later found lodged inside the handles of four trolley bags belonging to the accused.

Ratan Banik, the lawyer for the DRI, said, “The gold bars were being smuggled to Kolkata.” He said the accused were to hand the gold to four contacts in Guwahati, who in turn were to pass it on to the eventual recipient at Burrabazar in Kolkata.

A senior DRI official said the gold made its way to north Bengal from Myanmar via the Moreh border in Nagaland. The supplies reached the accused at Guwahati before they boarded the train to Kolkata. Three of the accused were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. The 17-year-old was sent to a juvenile home.

First Published: Jun 25, 2013 11:26 IST