STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Balurghat, 6 December
Six gold bars, popularly known as gold biscuits, having market price of around Rs 18 lakh, were impounded from a Balurghat-bound private bus by the Border Security Force jawans of Sidai camp guided by the Company Commandant of 75, BSF battalions, Mr S L Patil from near Kamarpara in the Hili police station area of South Dinajpur district last evening. The BSF personnel conducted the operation, acting on a tip-off.
BSF had also nabbed two persons having been identified as Sankar Saha (37) and Tarun Ghosh (40), both from Trimohini village in the same police station area in this connection. Later, they were handed over to Hili police for further interrogation.
According to police sources, the duo had kept the bars in the vehicle to smuggle them to Bangladesh through a tout operating from the neighbouring country. The duo was today produced before the chief judicial magistrate court in Balurghat. They were remanded in jail custody.
Gold-bar smuggling has a regular phenomenon in this area located near the international border with Bangladesh recently in the wake of the massive hike in the price of the yellow metal. A swathe of the international border having remained unfenced is supposed to be helping the international smugglers, operating on both sides of the border, according to BSF sources.
BSF officials posted in the Hili border area said they have intensified vigil in the border areas of South Dinajpur district recently to stop the across-the-border smuggling.