55 kg gold seized, two smugglers nabbed in Siliguri

55 kg gold seized, two smugglers nabbed in Siliguri
Sun, Oct 28, 2018


SILIGURI,: Considered the gateway to India’s Northeastern region, Siliguri is increasingly being used as a transit point for gold smugglers to operate their network.
On Saturday, Directive Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Siliguri wing seized 55 kg of gold and arrested two persons in connection with the case. According to DRI officials, the seized gold’s international value is Rs.18.16 crore. The gold made in Australia and Switzerland was being smuggled from Bhutan to Siliguri via Jaigaon border.
Tradip Saha, lawyer of DRI informed that Ganesh Bhagwan Kute and Nabnath Kallappa Kute, both residents of Maharashtra were arrested with the gold from Siliguri’s Burdwan Road area today early morning. He said that 55 pieces of gold bar each weighing 1 kg were hidden in a four wheeler private vehicle.
Saha also said since two years, around 480 kg of gold has been seized from Siliguri area.
Using Siliguri as a corridor and several routes in North Bengal, smugglers ferry gold illegally on a large scale. Using Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China border, the gold is smuggled to Siliguri and then to Kolkata and other parts of the country.



Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi