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41kg gold seized on Indo-Bangla border

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Around 41 kilograms of gold has been seized while being smuggled through the Ichamati River in Gunarmath area along Bangladesh-India border in Bangaon of West Bengal.

A team of Border Security Guard (BSF) from Bangaon Gunarmath camp in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal seized 321 gold biscuits, four gold bars and one gold coin.

The seized gold weighs around 41.5 kg which market price is about 21.22 crore rupees.

A wooden boat, four mobile phones and several items left by smugglers were also seized from the spot.

According to BSF sources, smugglers were trying to smuggle the gold through Ichamati river in Gunarmath area along Bangladesh-India border.            

During the period, the BSF personnel chased the smugglers and seized this huge quantity of gold.

After receiving specific intelligence information, BSF members on Thursday raided the suspected area along the Ichamati river near Gunarmath village on the international border.

By the evening, the BSF team spotted around 7-8 suspected smugglers crossing the international border and entering the Indian territory by wooden boat through the Ichamati River.

When the border guards challenged the smugglers, they left all their belongings and jumped into the river and went back to Bangladesh.

In an extensive search, five bags were seized in which several items, including gold biscuits, bars and coins, were found.

This is the largest single case of gold smuggling along the Bangladesh-India border, said a statement from the BSF on Friday.