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DRI seizes 10 kgs gold smuggled into India from Bhutan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (DRI) has seized ten kilograms of gold, which was smuggled into from Bhutan, in West Bengal's area.

Acting on inputs, the officials intercepted a car at Fulbari in yesterday and arrested two persons, a statement issued today by the said.

The officials recovered ten foreign origin gold bars of one kilogram each from them, it said.

The interception took place when the smuggled gold bars were being carried by the duo from to Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the said.

Interrogation of the two intercepted persons revealed that they had smuggled the gold bars of foreign origin from into through Jaigaon- border, it said.

The recovered gold bars were handed over by some Bhutanese origin nationals to the accused persons at a hotel situated in Phuentsholling, Bhutan, where the same had been concealed stealthily in the and was supposed to be delivered further down stream in to others, the DRI said.

The total seizure value has arrived at Rs 3.18 crore.

Both the apprehended persons have been arrested.

On June 1, the DRI in the same region had effected a seizure of 32 kgs of gold (near Siliguri) which was smuggled from through the Nathula border.

In the previous financial year (2017-2018), the DRI had seized close to 430 kgs of gold and gold jewellery in the East and North East region collectively valued at more than Rs 110 crore.

In the current financial year, starting from April 1 to till date, in the region spread over and the North eastern states, the DRI has seized over 152 kgs of hold and gold jewellery valued at close to Rs 50 crore in the market, smuggled from Bangladesh, ,and even from

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 14:55 IST