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DRI seizes 23 kg gold smuggled through Mizoram, 4 arrested

The recovered gold had allegedly been smuggled into India from Myanmar through Zokhawthar border in Mizoram.

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New Delhi: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 23.23 kg foreign origin gold worth Rs 11.65 crore being smuggled from Myanmar, a statement from Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday.

The recovered gold had allegedly been smuggled into India from Myanmar through Zokhawthar border in Mizoram.

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Four persons have been arrested in the instant case so far, the statement said.

‘Specific intelligence indicated that a substantial quantity of foreign origin gold will be attempted to be smuggled from Champhai-Aizawl, Mizoram to Kolkata, West Bengal by carrying or concealing them in vehicle. To interdict the contraband, coordinated action was undertaken on September 28- 29 2022. The DRI officers mounted surveillance on the highway connecting Siliguri – Guwahati. Four passengers travelling in 2 suspect vehicles were identified and intercepted. After thorough rummaging of the two vehicles over a period of 2 days, 23.23 Kg gold concealed in the vehicle body in the form of 21 cylindrical pieces, was recovered,’ the statement said.

As per the finance ministry statement, the recent gold seizures in the North East by the DRI indicate a spurt in smuggling of gold through NE borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

There were 11 cases of gold seizures of 121 kg in September this year alone, the statement said.

Acting on specific intelligence and in three coordinated interceptions at Patna, Delhi and Mumbai, the DRI had seized 65.46 kg of foreign origin gold worth Rs 33.40 crore. The gold was consigned from Aizwal to Mumbai in domestic courier consignment. The gold was concealed in gunny bags declared as clothes.

‘In another 9 cases in the month, DRI recovered and seized 27 kg smuggled gold form various carriers coming from North-Eastern part of the country to the rest of the country. These series of detections have helped unearth novel modus operandi of smuggling foreign origin gold into India from the North-Eastern part of the country,’ the statement added.

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