4 people were arrested for smuggling 33.5 kg gold
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 33.5 kg gold from a truck in Siliguri, a DRI release said. It also said that the value of the gold is worth ₹17.5 crores.
The agency officials acting on a tip-off stopped the truck on Friday morning. The truck was on its way from the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur to Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan.
During the investigation, the four owners of the truck denied carrying any illicit goods with them and said that they were coming from Guwahati. On being interrogated further they confessed that they were carrying 202 pieces of smuggled gold hidden in their luggage.
They admitted that the gold pieces were smuggled from Myanmar through the border in Manipur and were being carried to Sri Ganganagar for delivery.
The DRI said, “The four have been arrested under the Customs Act.”
In the current fiscal, the agency has seized around 98 kg of smuggled gold valued at ₹52 crores in West Bengal and Sikkim.