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16 kg gold valued at Rs 4.81 cr seized, one held

IANS  |  Kolkata 

About 16 kg gold, valued at Rs 4.81 crore, being smuggled into through the India-border, was seized in and one person apprehended, an said here on Saturday.

"Directorate of (DRI), in a joint operation with Rifles, seized the gold. It was sourced from India-border at Moreh in Manipur," a DRI said.

He further said: "A car travelling from Moreh towards Imphal was stopped for checking at Khudengthabi (in Manipur). While frisking the passenger and carrying out thorough inspection of the vehicle, gold biscuits were found hidden inside a secret cavity of the vehicle chassis."

He said the northeastern region including the state of Assam, having boundaries with Mynamar, Bangladesh, Nepal, and is particularly sensitive from the perspective of smuggling activities and cross-border crime.

"There have been significant seizures of gold bars of foreign origin smuggled from through India-Myanmar border adjacent to Moreh and also from the Zokhawthar in Mizoram, along India-Myanmar border," he added.

During the current fiscal, the DRI, in the region across and northeastern states, has seized close to 300 kgs of gold valued at Rs 90 crore, smuggled from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 17:52 IST