The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police today arrested a Bangladeshi gold-smuggler and recovered nearly 600 grams of gold from his possession. Acting on a tip-off, the officers intercepted 51- year-old Mizanur Rahaman from Rabindra Sarani and seized five gold bars weighing nearly 600 grams after interrogating him. Rahaman is a resident of Lakshmipur district in Bangladesh.

“Based on information provided by a Bangladeshi national, Mizanur Rahaman was detained from Rabindra Sarani in front of Royal Hotel at about 2.45 p.m. Five gold bars weighing around 583 grams were found from his possession. He has concealed those items under his garments. These gold bars were smuggled by him from Bangladesh. He crossed the border with the gold bars and took a local train from Bongaon to Sealdah. From Sealdah station, he went directly to Burrabazar for selling them in the market as the demand for gold peaks just ahead of Dhanteras and Diwali. But before he could sell them off, he was caught red handed,” said Subhankar Sinha Sarkar, joint commissioner of police (STF).

A case has been registered against him at Burrabazar under section 41 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) along with IPC section 379 (theft). Meanwhile, the anti-FICN (Fake Indian Currency Notes) team of STF nabbed an illegal firearms dealer near a club on Mayo Road under Maidan police station area yesterday. Khairul Alam (38), a resident of Dakshin Dinajpur district, is a notorious firearms dealer. On searching his belongings, police recovered five pieces of countrymade semi-automatic improvised firearms along with five extra magazines. He has been taken into police custody for further investigation.