AR, DRI seize Rs 3.62 cr worth gold at Khudengthabi post
CHRONICLE BUREAU IMPHAL, 10th May:
In a major blow to gold smuggling in the state, a joint team of 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector AR along with personnel of DRI seized 73 gold bars worth Rs 3.62 crore from two Maruti vans (silver colour) at Khudengthabi Check Post on Thursday.
The team stopped the vehicles which were travelling from Moreh and heading towards Imphal for checking. While carrying out thorough inspection of the vehicles, gold biscuits were found hidden inside the front and rear tyres of both vehicles, a release of PRO IGAR (South) informed.
Both the van drivers, namely, Mufijuddin of Moreh Ward No 5 and Abdul Rashid of Muslim Nagar, Loubuk Leikai, Moreh along with the seized golds were handed over to Customs Officials at Imphal.
Tamu-Moreh Route along the Asian Highway 1 is becoming the preferred route for international illegal gold traders.
Open and porous border, noticeable price difference between India with Myanmar and perceived better quality of gold of Myanmar vis-a-vis India, are the prime reasons for large scale gold smuggling from the area.
Since January 2018, AR has seized 36.757 kg of gold worth Rs 11,027 crore along the NH-102, the PRO release added.
According to a statement of DRI, the gold was smuggled into India through the Indo-Myanmar border. The gold were been seized under the Customs Act 1962 and further investigation is on.
This year DRI with the help of Assam Rifles has made seizure of 28 kg of foreign origin smuggled gold in two separate cases in Manipur at the same place. The excellent coordination between the DRI and Assam Rifles of late has also yielded seizure of 3,20,000 tablets of Methamphetamine having total weight of 38.5 kg under NDPS Act 1985 this year, the statement added.