15 gold bars recovered from Siliguri
Fifteen gold bars were recovered from of a scooty’s boot space. The investigators of Central Board of Excise and Custom seized those gold bars worth Rs 4 crore 84 lakh in Siliguri after a sudden raid.
Two persons were arrested. Meanwhile, the investigators were unable to ascertain the nationality of one accused.
According to the local police source, a jewellery shop owner Kamal Verma was arrested from his Sebok Road shop. The investigator rescued 5 gold bars from the boot space of his scooty. He was grilled by the investigators.
The investigators then rushed to the resident of Kunga Tenjing Bhutia’s residence. They pulled up the seat to open the dickey of a similar scooty there to unearth 10 gold bars lying there.
Verma passed on the interrogation process to the investigator. Taking information from Verma, the investigator raided Bhutia’s house. ‘The nationality of the Bhutia was dubious. His passport is being checked,” the police refused to divulge much on this issue.
However, a police source said, Bhutia had gone to China a few weeks ago. The gold might be smuggled from China via Nepal.
“Acting on a tip-off, the officers raided the shops and house. The bars were kept in the boot of the scooty,” said the police.
It should be recalled that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had seized 87.05 kg gold concealed in a car near Siliguri on a year back, setting a record for the largest seizure of gold by any agency in India. The car, heading towards Kolkata, was coming from Myanmar and the gold in the form of bars was hidden in its door panel.