Two Bangladeshis have been arrested in India on charges of gold smuggling. The two arrested Bangladeshis are bus drivers and helpers. The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) arrested them along with 52 gold biscuits at the Petrapol border in West Bengal on Monday.
NDTV reported this information in a report on Tuesday with reference to the Indian news agency ANI.
According to reports, the BSF arrested two smugglers on Monday from the Integrated Check Post (ICP) located on the Petrapole border in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Meanwhile, 52 gold biscuits worth 4 crore 24 lakh rupees were recovered from the two accused smugglers. The value of which is more than 5 crore 56 lakhs in Bangladeshi currency.
BSF officials said that the two arrested smugglers are bus drivers and helpers. The accused bus driver’s name is Mustafa and his helper’s name is Matiur Rahman Akand. Both are residents of Bangladesh.
According to NDTV, BSF’s South Bengal Frontier received intelligence about smuggling of gold from Bangladesh to India through Royal Friendship International Passenger Bus. And then the jawans of 145 battalion of ICP Petrapol went into operation.
The passenger bus was traveling from Agartala in north-east India to Kolkata via Dhaka. Police said when the bus reached ICP Petrapole, the jawans stopped it for search and took it to the BSF security checking point.
Officials said, ‘BSF personnel searched the bus thoroughly and eventually found 52 gold biscuits weighing 6,950 grams in a hollow pipe near the fuel tank of the bus.’
Officials also said, ‘The estimated value of these seized gold biscuits is 4 crore 23 lakh 64 thousand 882 rupees. Later, the arrested smugglers and the seized gold biscuits were handed over to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Kolkata.’
Meanwhile, the Director General (DG) of BSF has expressed excitement over this operation and success of the Indian Border Guard Force. At the same time, he also announced cash rewards for the members conducting the campaign.
“The Director General of BSF, ICP, during his visit to Petrapol, expressed happiness over the achievements of the BSF soldiers and announced cash awards for them,” the Indian Border Guard said in a statement.