DRI seizes gold biscuits worth 3 cr from New Jalpaiguri railway station

Report by: 
Prashant Acharya
18 Nov 2018

Acting on a specific intelligence, the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Siliguri Regional Unit recovered and seized 9.296kgs of gold biscuits (56 pieces), smuggled from Myanmar to India through Indo-Myanmar border of Manipur, from the possession of one person who was travelling by 15960Dibrugarh Town Howrah Kamrup Express and was intercepted at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Siliguri on Saturday at about 5 pm.
The interception took place when the smuggled gold bars were being carried from Guwahati, Assam to Kolkata by Raju Adash. The apprehended person is a resident of Purba Para, Mukundapur, Chanditala, under Hoogly district of Bengal smuggled gold biscuits were concealed in a specially tailored cloth belt tied around the waist of said Raju Adash and under the insoles of his sports shoe. The gold biscuits had no markings and serial number which have been deliberately obliterated.  The total value of the recovered 9.296kgs of gold biscuits of foreign origin has been ascertained to be Rs 3, 00, 08,417/- as per the prevailing market rate.
Interrogation of the intercepted person revealed that the accused person had been to Guwahati, Assam on 15th November. He received the cache of gold from some Manipuri person at Guwahati which was then concealed by him in the specially tailored cloth belt and under the insoles of his sports shoe. The gold biscuits were supposed to be delivered by the accused person to some person at Kolkata. The apprehended person was arrested under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is on to unearth the kingpins of the smuggling racket.
With this seizure, in the current financial year, in the region spread over West Bengal and the north-eastern states, the DRI has seized over 345.6 Kgs. of gold and gold jewellery valued at closed to 107.23 crores in the market, smuggled from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and even China.